Hovanessian Attacks Ter Petrosyan Comments

*Hints at possibility of law suit against the ousted leader.

YEREVAN (Hayots Ashkhar)–Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia member and presidential advisor Vahan Hovanessian told Hayots Ashkhar newspaper that ousted president Levon Ter-Petrosyan was lying when he said last week that the ARF was a terrorist organization and the party’s ban was a decision which came from the Armenian Supreme Court.

In remarks at last week Armenian National Movement party congress–Ter-Petrosyan–in brief remarks–once again called the ARF a "terrorist" organization and added that the decision to ban the party was handed down by the Supreme Court. He added that during the ARF ban–from 1994 to 1998–there were no so-called terrorist activities in Armenia.

Hovanessian said Ter-Petrosyan had no right to make such assertions–since his close ally and interior minister was currently wanted for organizing assassinations and murders.

The ARF leader added that if while president–Ter-Petrosyan did not know about Siradeghian’s involvement in illicit murders–then he was a poor leader. If–on the other hand–Ter-Petrosyan was aware of Siradeghian’s activities then the ousted leader should be called to justice.

Hovanessian added that Ter-Petrosyan was lying when he told the ANM congress that the Supreme Court ordered the closure of the ARF.

It was Ter-Petrosyan–himself–who ordered the ban on party activities on Dec. 28–1994–explained Hovanessian adding that the court was not able to prove terrorism charges against the ARF in the so-called "Dro,"31" and Hambartsoum Galstian trials.

"The former president is lying and he must be accountable for his lies–because we will be taking him to court," said Hovanessian expressing the ARF’s desire to sue Ter-Petrosyan.

When asked to react about Ter-Petrosyan’s statement that no "terrorism" occurred in Armenia while the ARF was banned–Hovanessian asserted that there–in fact–was terrorism in Armenia.

"The worst kind of terrorism…" said Hovanessian adding–"…which was undertaken not against individuals–but rather against political parties–against society and after all against the people. The proof of that was the tanks which rolled into Yerevan streets in the fall of 1996."

Hovanessian said that when a not-elected president dispatches tanks against his people–simply to hold on to power–then that person has committed the gravest act of terrorism.

See Levon Ter-Petrosyan remarks on Page 10.


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