YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The funeral of Prosecutor General Henrik Khachatryan–who was murdered Thursday was scheduled to be held Saturday.
Khachatryan was allegedly gunned down by chief criminal prosecutor Aram Karapetyan. According to preliminary reports–the assailant–then–shot himself.
In connection to the murder-suicide–President Robert Kocharian expressed his concerns in regards to the event–saying that a concise chronology of events and the conditions of the location of the incident needed to be established–before making resolute statemen’s. In particular Kocharian questioned whether there were only two individuals–the alleged gunman and the victim–in Khachatryan ‘s office.
Also–the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia–condemning the Khachatryan’s murder–as well as all similar incidents–refrained from offering political interpretations of the events of the last few days.
Responding to questions by Noyan Tapan–ARF Executive Council of Armenia member Gegham Manoukian pointed out that as long as the case is under investigation–any speculation will jeopardize the fair proceedings of the investigations.
The Self-Determination Union also feels that it is too early to give any concrete assessment.
The Armenian government also issued its official obituary for Khachatryan. The document was signed by the President Robert Kocharian–the National Assembly–prime minister’s cabinet–the Constitutional Court–and the Prosecutor’s General’s office. The translated text of the official obituary follows:
The state and legal system of the Republic of Armenia has suffered a great loss: the Prosecutor General–state advisor on law–doctor of law Henrik Khachatryan was murdered in his office at the age of 68.
Henrik Khachatryan was born in Leninakan on May 22–1939. He graduated with an honors degree from the department of law of Yerevan State University; in 1962-1977 worked as assistant at the chair of constitutional and international law of Yerevan State University–later he was a teacher–head master–and assistant professor.
From 1977-1982 he was a lecturer of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia. In 1982–he became the prosecutor of the Ordzhonikidze district of Yerevan; from 1990-1991 – deputy prosecutor general of Armenia. From 1991-1993 he took up scientific work; headed a department at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.
On February 6–1996–Henrik Khachatryan was appointed member of the Constitutional Court of Armenia by the National Assembly; in May 1997 he was appointed Prosecutor General of Armenia by the president.
In 1995–Henrik Khachatryan was elected member of the Academy of Economy–Finance and Law of the Russian Federation; in June 1998 he defended a thesis and received the scientific degree of doctor of law.
Throughout his activities Henrik Khachatryan proved to be a bright personality–a citizen with high qualities of intelligence–consistent–demanding and competent–experienced teacher–a state official of principle–who fully devoted himself to the struggle for law and order to be established in the country.
He made a big and valuable contribution to the inculcation of constitutional law and constitutional jurisprudence in the country. About twenty monographs–more than a hundred of other scientific publications of Henrik Khachatryan–as well as tens of theses written under his direct management make up the foundation of the scientific school of constitutional law of independent Armenia.
As Prosecutor General he was doing consistent work and waged an active struggle to establish law in Armenia and drastically improve the system of the Prosecutor’s Office and its viability. When discussing any issue of state building Henrik Khachatryan distinguished himself not only by his deep and fundamental knowledge–but also by straightforwardness and impartiality–concern for the future of his country and people.
The best qualities of Henrik Khachatryan as state official–scientist–teacher–friend and man deserve imitation and are unforgettable. The loss is heavy. His bright memory will stay in the hearts of all who knew him forever.