Nairi Hunanian Himself Plotted Coup Edward Grigorian Claims

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Ashot Sargssian and Edward Aghajanian–the legal successors of Parliament Speaker Karen Demirchian–Vice-Speaker Yuri Bakhshian and Minister Leonard Petrossian interrogated Edward Grigorian–a defendant in the October 27 case–at the hearing of the case on Wednesday.

When asked the question–"Why were weapons taken into the Parliament building if they were not intended to be used?" Grigorian answered–"We would look like a joke if we demanded that the prime-minister resign if we threatened him with canes." Grigoryan continued saying that the fact that the "TT" gun broke in his hand testifies to the fact that they had no intention of using the weapons. If they really wanted to use the weapons–he said he would have checked.

When he was presented with the question of "Who was to make the president resign if he was against the program?" Grigorian said that the National Assembly has all the power in Armenia and added that the president’s post is not necessary at all. The revolution–according to him–was worked out by Nairi Hunanian himself. The defendant is confident that no one else could have worked out the details of the revolution.

In answering Ashot Sargssian’s–representative of Karen Demirchian’s legal successor question–the defendant said that on his birthday – October 8–1999 – they were speaking about the desperate state of the country–however Nairi Hunanian did not propose any changes.

The defendant said that nobody prevented anyone from leaving the National Assembly meeting hall–many stayed voluntarily–because of their sense of responsibility. He was asked–"If everyone had left–what would the group do to demand their conditions?" Grigorian answered," I cannot guess now–but if everyone had left we would have thought of something to do."

The defendant denied the claim that they tried to enlist Derenik Bejanian in the group–who had stated that Karen Demirchian and Vazgen Sargssian were going to "sell Artsakh" in November of 1999. He did not talk to Bejanian about the possible assistance from deputy Mushegh Movsissian or the former commander of Karabakh’s Defense Army Samvel Babayan. The defendant also denied having given any promises to Bejanian if he joint the group.

Grigorian–who is a doctor by profession–characterized the physical and mental condition of defendant Karen Hunanian on October 27 as "being in state of serious stress with a look that expressed nothing." Their uncle–defendant Vram Galstian–said that Karen Hunanian "did not know what to do and did not understand what he was doing." It was useless to ask Nairi Hunanian any questions or make any remarks: they had done what they should not have done and it was irretrievable," said Grigorian.

Some of the questions were about Parliament Vice-Speaker Yuri Bakhshian. The defendant said that he was on good terms with his family. Bakhshian’s son-in-law was his friend since childhood and he considered Bakhshian to be an honest and decent person. He never heard Nairi Hunanian speak negatively about him–whereas Hunanian’s opinion about Vano Siradeghian–for example–was highly negative.

The defendant was also interrogated by Gevorg Harutiunian–the legal successor of Yuri Bakhshian–who went so far as to threaten the defendant stating that the defendant had children and some day something may happen to them. The Judge Samvel Uzunian–stated that his statemen’s were threats and urged the lawyer to respect the court ethics.


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