Pavel Manukian Takes Beating at MKR Defense Ministry Headquarters

STEPANAKERT–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) of Mountainous Karabagh Republic–in a press released issued on Wednesday–revealed that Pavel Manukian was taken to a military hospital in Stepanakert on June 20–after sustaining heavy injuries. After gaining consciousness–Manukian said that he was beaten during a visit to MKR’s Defense Ministry.

Manukian–who was a candidate on the ARF/Movement-88 ticket in last Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Karabagh–said that Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian started the beating–along with Deputy Defense Minister Samuel Garabedian–before being joined by other senior military commanders present in the room.

Manukian’s military and political affiliates–along with friends and relatives–gathered at the hospital–where MKR President Arkady Ghukasian–also visiting the patient–promised a thorough investigation of the incident.

The Central Committee of ARF Artsakh demanded the resignation of Karabagh’s top military commanders who participated in the beating of Manukian.

They also asked that President Robert Kocharian ensure an impartial inquiry into the matter.

Late on Tuesday–ARF Artsakh representative Grisha Hairabedian and Movement-88 president Vitaly Balasanian held an urgent meeting with President Ghukasian who pledged to thoroughly investigate the violent incident and punish the guilty.

The ARF release also states that they have appealed to the Armenian Ministry of Health to send a team of "independent medical experts" to would examine Manukian’s condition and certify the cause of his injuries.

Manukian’s injuries are not life threatening–and he remains in stable condition.

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