Opposition Parliamentarian Says Police Car Didn’t Run Over Demonstrators

YEREVAN (Armenpress)-Parliamentarian Anahit Bakhshian of the Opposition Heritage Party said Thursday that allegations claiming that a police vehicle ran over opposition demonstrators on March 1 were not true.
Bakhshian had earlier sent an open letter to chief prosecutor Aghvan Hovsepian with an attached CD, which she said had proof that a police car ran over several demonstrators near the French embassy in Yerevan.
Sona Truzian, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Prosecutor-General, said the chief prosecutor responded by launching a comprehensive investigation into the allegations.
Bakhshian was summoned as a witness for questioning by a special unit of prosecutor’s office on Thursday. Following a careful examination of the CD during her questioning, Truzian admitted, in the presence of her lawyer, that the car did not run over the demonstrators.
"The police car moved with a high speed through the people, but no one was hurt," she said. "I saw it with my own eyes."
Rumors were circulating in Yerevan on March 1 that the car ran over at least two demonstrators.
In related news, a court in Tavush province issued a 2-year probation sentence on Seryozha Siradeghian, the brother of the fugitive former interior minister and Yerevan mayor Vano Siradeghian.
Seryozha Siradeghian as well as three other residents of Tavoush were arrested earlier this month on charges of illegal arms possession.
Truzian, told Armenpress that another man, Rafael Asryan, was given a one year probation sentence, while Yury Mamian and Avetik Drejian were each given two years in prison sentences.
The trial of two other men also on charges of illegal arms possession continues in Ararat and Yerevan provinces, she added.


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