Siradeghian Accused of Protecting Assassins

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepian joined the prosecutors in the January 13 hearing of the Vano Siradeghian case.

Defendant Vahan Haroutiunian continued to testify. He said the murders of Ashtarak Regional Executive Committee Chief Hovhannes Sukiassian and Railroad Department Head Hambartsum Ghandilian had been perpetrated by Armen Ter-Sahakian’s group following a decision of a separate group of leaders of the ruling Armenian National Movement party. Vano Siradeghian was to make sure the assassins would go unpunished. The attempts on the life of Prosecutor’s Office Investigation Department Head Vladimir Grigorian–the arrest of members of the Ter-Sahakian gang by the Mashtots Police Department and their subsequent release–and car hijackings by gang members testify to Siradeghian’s role.

The defendant wondered why Siradeghian was the only man of all the decision-makers to be charged–while the former director of the State Radio and Television Company–Samvel Grigorian–through whom the murders were committed with Siradeghian’s approval–remained unpunished–even from the moral viewpoint. It was not without reason that Ter-Sahakian once declared in court: "Capture Hitler and I will tell you then." Haroutiunian–for his part–added: "I assure you that if the names of all the decision-makers are made public–you will see that Vano [Siradeghian] was simply an angel among them."

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