Murder Investigation of TV Chief Continues

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)-Armenian prosecutors have asked all those who have any information regarding the December 28 high-profile killing of the chairman of the Public TV and Radio Board Dikran Naghdalian to contact the police–promising not to disclose their identity. An official at the Armenian prosecutor-general’s office stated that law-enforcement authorities are continuing the investigation into several theories of the crime. The prosecutors’ office publicized last Friday two telephone hotlines for those who may provide any related information.

Despite a series of brief arrests on New Year’s eve–state prosecutors have still not named any suspects in the high-profile criminal case. A spokesman for the prosecutor-general’s office told RFE/RL that two more arrests were made last week on charges of illegal arms possession. It was not clear–however–whether the arrests were linked of the inquiry.

Two opposition activists held on December 30 are due to be released later this week after serving a ten-day "administrative arrest" ostensibly for calling for a violent overthrow of the government. Both men are affiliated with the Socialist Armenia alliance–a member of the 16-party opposition grouping.

Dikran Naghdalian–36–a staunch supporter of President Robert Kocharian–was shot in the head by an unknown gunman late on Saturday as he left his parents’ home in central Yerevan. He died two hours later in the hospital.

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