Another Oct. 27 Suspect Alleges Poisoning

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Allegations against the military prosecutor’s office–which is overseeing the investigation into the Oct. 27 parliament shootings–continued to mount Thursday as another defendant claimed mistreatment and poisoning during the investigation process.

"The military prosecutors are attempting to coerce testimony and veer from the normal investigation procedures by illegal abuse–threats and use of drugs," announced Cromwell Grigorian the defense attorney for arrested member of parliament Moushegh Movsisian.

According to Grigorian’s announcement–on February 29–his client was transported from his jail to the military prosecutor’s office where after asking for a glass of water–he was served Pepsi instead. Movsisian claims–that after drinking the Pepsi he felt dizzy and passed out. After coming to–he was surrounded by eight to 10 people who began asking him questions regarding the events preceding and following Oct. 27.

After learning about this incident–Grigorian made the public announcement in which he asserts that military prosecutors do not have any reason for keeping his client in jail.

On Wednesday–Rouben Rstuni–the defense attorney for another defendant–deputy director of Armenian State Television Harutiun Harutiunian announced that his client was also coerced into providing information to investigators.

On Wednesday Harutiunian filed a law suit against Prosecutor General of Armenia Boris Nazarian challenging the Military Procurator’s Office which is conducting preliminary investigation. According to the statement–arbitrary acts committed against Harutiunian by Military Procurator’s Office forced him to make this step. These arbitrary acts would be impossible to commit "without the knowledge of Military Procurator Gagik Jahangirian–and head of the investigator group Artak Harutiunian".

Harutiunian’s lawyer Ruben Rshtuni held a meeting with journalists March 8. He said that his client called a hunger-strike on March 3 informing investigator Ashot Yegoyan and asking him to notify his lawyer. The defendant warned he would continue the hunger-strike until he met his lawyer. However–the investigator did not satisfy Harutiunian’s request–and the hunger-strike stopped only after the lawyer visited Harutiunian March 6.

According to Harutiunian’s statement–after Rshtuni left–investigator Yegoyan and some others invited him to the Military Procurator’s Office to have dinner. The defendant stated that after he had coffee–he felt giddy and nauseous–his sight weakened and he began to lose control. The investigator asked him about Tigran Naghdalian–Nairi Hunanian–and then presented typed sheets of paper–which Harutiunian refused to sign. "Late in the evening–after being brought back to the cell–I finally made sure that the coffee contained some medicine. As a result–I have felt weak and nauseous–and my sight has been weak for 3 days" says Harutiunian’s statement addressed to the Prosecutor General.

The defendant also said that his life is in danger–and he is worried about his family. "I am also stating that from now on I will not give any evidence and will not sign any document in my lawyer’s absence".

In his statement–the defendant addressed the lawless actions committed against him. He was deprived of the right to meet with his former lawyer Zhora Khachatrian in private. The defendant stated that every time after he was denied to meet his lawyer–he was brought to investigators–who "applied methods of Gestapo against him," each torture lasting up to ten hours a day. According to the statement–on January 22 Harutiunian "met Nairi Hunanian four times," and each meeting was followed by beatings–psychological pressure and swearing on the part of the investigators group members and another nine persons who were not group members.

The defendant stated that the same methods were applied against him to get evidence against Alexan Harutiunian and Tigran Naghdalian.

On February 3–Rshtuni witnessed investigators Ayvazian and Hovhannissian "conducting educational work," trying to persuade Harutiunian to change his former evidence and "give the right evidence".

In his turn–Rshtuni stated his intention to appeal against the decision of the lower court of Yerevan’s Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeytun districts to extend Harutiunian’s holding time.

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