Four Soldiers Charged with Murder of Eight Civilians

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Military Prosecutor’s Office–which is overseeing the investigation into the murder of eight citizens by army deserters Tsolak Melkonian–Artak Alikian and Grigor Madilian–has brought charges against another four persons connected with the case.

According to Deputy Military Prosecutor Hovhannes Palian–acting commander of the military unit’s company–lieutenant Vigen Galstian is charged on point A of Article 265 of the Criminal Code of Armenia which is violation of rules of duty. Acting commander of the company–lieutenant Vyacheslav Ishkhanian is charged on point A of Article 268 which is abuse of office or inaction and on point A of Article 268 which is negligence in military service. The man in charge of the duty detail–junior sergeant Melsik Margarian is charged on point A of Article 265 and on point B of Article 268–and private Vigen Nurijanian is charged on Article 206–misprison of felony. The three first-mentioned persons are under arrest–private Nurijanian is left under supervision at the military unit.

Hovhannes Palian reported that the accused Tsolak Melkonian–who harmed his lung and was operated on in hospital–is now kept in an investigatory isolation ward.

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