Local Court Ready to Hear Naghdalian Case

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian law-enforcement authorities said today they have completed the investigation of the murder of the former chairman of Armenia’s Public TV and Radio Board–Tigran Naghdalian. Naghdalian was murdered on December 28–2002 in Yerevan.

The eight files on the case were sent to a court in Yerevan’s Kentron community. Court officials said the presiding judge will soon be named.

One of the men arrested on charges of plotting the murder is Armen Sarkisian–the elder brother of Aram Sarkisian–head of radical opposition party Hanrapetutyun (Republic).

Armenian authorities had earlier said that there was ample evidence for prosecuting Sarkisian. Describing the case as politically motivated–Aram Sarkisian and other opposition leaders staged large-scale protests.

Prosecutors say the case against Sarkisian is based on a string of evidence provided by the other chief suspects. One of them–a distant relative of Sarkisian–reportedly told prosecutors he was paid $50,000 by Sarkisian to arrange Naghdalian’s shooting.

Thirteen suspects–many of whom are accused of illegal arms possession and aggravated murder–will be tried.


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