Ex Premier Seeks ‘Political Support’ for Truth About Oct. 27

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Former prime minister Aram Sargsyan said on Tuesday that he and other relatives of the victims of last October’s parliament shootings will need "political support" for uncovering the truth about the carnage.

"Whether we like it or not–this case is political and there will be need for political support," Sargsyan told reporters in a rare public appearance. His brother and predecessor in the post of prime minister–Vazgen Sargsyan–was among eight officials gunned down in the bloody raid on the parliament.

Aram Sargsyan was sacked in May after a six-month standoff with President Kocharian. Differing attitudes to the controversial investigation into the parliament attack were at the heart of the discord.

Some Sargsyan allies suspect Kocharian of involvement in the parliament killings and accuse him of obstructing the probe. The ex-premier said he shares military prosecutors’ belief that the killings were masterminded by certain forces and that the five gunmen who staged the bloodbath did not act on their own. "It was an organized action against Armenian statehood," he said.

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