Hairikian Says Oct. 27 Case Control Must Be Strengthened

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"I do not intend to get the Oct. 27 case taken over by the Prosecutor’s Office of Armenia," said Chairman of the Presidential Human Rights Commission Paruir Hairikian–who was a guest at the National Press Club March 22. As for the Commission’s proposal that the case be taken over–Hairikian explained that that step was aimed at "strengthening control over the investigation."

It should be noted that none–including Hairikian–can claim with certainty whether or not there are innocent persons among the arrestees. However Hairikian finds it necessary to "prevent the lawyers’ concern that Nairi Hunanian has become an investigation-directing force."When people are arrested solely on the basis of Hunanian’s evidence–I ought to feel concern," he commented.

Commenting on the president’s latest decrees–Hairikian stated that "political stability has already been established–and within the next few months the president will have to be responsible for all the political problems in the country." Pointing out that the prime minister cannot be "a wing of power," as "he is part of the executive power headed by the president," Hairikian stated that "some advisors are trying to lead astray our inexperienced prime minister." He repeated his previous statement that "the appointment of Vazgen Sargsyan’s brother as prime minister affected Vazgen Sargsyan’s memory–as well as our people and Aram Sargsyan."

"The prime minister must recognize that he has less power than the president elected by the entire people," said Hairikian. Regarding the talks of the illegitimacy of Robert Kocharian’s election as president–Hairikian said that "in 1991 Levon Ter-Petrossian was illegitimately elected president–and the SDU officially stated the fact and organized a demonstration with black banners. In 1998–the main opponent of Robert Kocharian–Karen Demirchian–acknowledged the results of the election and considered them legitimate."

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