Investigative Group Fails to Disclose Truth

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Former defendant in the October 27 case–Deputy Director of the Public Television of Armenia Haroutiun Haroutiunian participated in the meeting of the National Assembly interim commission on the October 27 case held on Monday. The part of the case that included him was dismissed on June 16–2000–because of the lack of evidence. It was indicated in the testimony signed by Military Prosecutor Gagik Jhangirian that Nairi Hunanian testified against Haroutiunian because he was beaten.

Haroutiunian said that in the remand prison of the National Security Ministry he expressed his anxiety over the investigation and after he was released–he published many articles in the press about his unlawful incarceration.

Haroutiunian said that he was beaten many times by investigators of the Military Prosecutor’s Office Khachik Ghaltakhchian–Ashoy Yegoyan–Hrach Aivazian–Samvel Hovhannissian–and many others. According to him–they beat him because they wanted to extract false information against television director Tigran Naghdalian–which they failed to do.

In Haroutiunian’s conviction–the actions of the investigation group did not meet the interests of the disclosure of the October 27 case. He said that the crime was committed to change the existing power structure. A key factor to that change was to incriminate Naghdalian because he can influence public opinion very easily as a television director–and it was important to incriminate him on the basis of testimony of his deputy and not Nairi Hunanian. Haroutiunian characterized Nairi Hunanian as a cleaver man who "successfully accepted the rules of the game and manipulates incompetent investigators."

Haroutiunian hopes that the interim commission will help the Prosecutor’s Office institute a criminal case for the prison beatings.

The commission decided to invite members of the investigation group to one of its next meetings and to apply to the Prosecutor’s Office after the meeting.

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