Interrogation of Grigoryan Continues

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Oleg Yunoshev and Marine Janoyan–the representatives of the legal successor of former Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan–continued to interrogate October 27 defendant Eduard Grigoryan at the trial on Monday. In answering Yunoshev’s questions–the defendant confirmed that the members of the group were afraid of being killed by Vazgen Sargsyan’s supporters if they were to voluntarily surrender. According to Grigoryan–it was impossible to leave the hall after they entered because they were being shot at from behind. The defendant also said that all members of the group realized the inevitability of their surrender.

Grigoryan said when Nairi Hunanian testified about his plans for the type of government after the revolution he tried to insight–he spoke only on his own behalf. Grigoryan said he did not agree with parts of the program because he believed they were too extreme.

However–he did think that the general idea was feasible. According to the defendant–the original plan on going into the parliament did not include murdering or even shooting at anyone.

Grigoryan refused to comment on Nairi Hunanian’s testimony about Vazgen Sargsyan’s threats that they would fail the revolution–being the reason for his death. In answering Anahit Bakhshyan’s questions–Grigoryan said that he did not expect to be a government officials "for other people a post is like God’s award–but for me–it is an obligation."

Grigoryan mentioned that from the materials of the case he knows that an Iranian citizen called Grigor Arakelyan–the chief of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs–and warned the ministry about the terrorist act that was about to take place in Armenia. Grigoryan said that this was "a funny story."

When asked–"Didn’t you think that besides the members of the group and bodyguards–there were other armed people in the room behind the presidium?" Grigoryan said that he never heard about there being other armed people in the National Assembly hall before. Grigoryan reported that only Karen Hunanian had his weapon with him and the rest–as he remembers–went into the hall without weapons. The defendant also mentioned that he did not have any information about the other defendants testing the weapon before October 27.


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