Investigation Into Murder of Gen. Margarian Continues

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At a December 3 court session in connection with the case of Major of Medical Service of the Armenian Internal troops Hrant Papikian–the court heard testimonies of Henrik Mouradian–a driver and assistant to chief of the Department of the Internal Troops of Armenia Artsrun Margarian.

Mouradian confirmed that on the night of February 9–1999 on the signal of the General’s bodyguards Armen Khachatrian and Arsen Khachatrian–he went to the car inspection point in Abovian.

According to the witness–Arsen exclaimed in anger and indignance: "What’s going on–the General wanted to kill us!" According to bodyguards’ testimonies–the General pointed a "Makarov" gun at Arsen Khachatrian’s head–however–the latter seized the general’s hand and pulled out the gun. Then the general pulled out another gun of "Smith & Wesson" make–however–the bodyguards had already run away. While escaping they heard two shots. When they returned to the car inspection point they immediately called the department of internal forces.

Witness Virab Grigorian who had been the General’s friend since childhood–did not believe Arsen Khachatrian’s and Armen Khachatrian’s story. According to Grigorian–Margarian would not have shot his own legs before committing suicide. In response to judge Levon Grigorian’s question–the witness said that although Artrun Margarian was never absent for a long period of time for unknown reasons–the witness returned home and started the search only in the morning.

He said that he knew nothing about threats to Margarian’s life or persecutions and stated that Margarian was in normal condition. T

wo months before the incident–Margarian wrote a letter to then Defense Minister Vazgen Sargsyan–whereby he warned that "some traitors" threatened him. Margarian handed the letter to his secretary and told her to hand the letter to doctor Artavazd Sahakian in case something happens to him. However–after the General’s death Sahakian burnt the letter–without reading it.

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