YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–In Tuesday’s issue of "Hayots Ashkhar," a commentary headlined "Former bodyguard of Vano Siradeghian protects Karen Demirchian’s back," includes photographs of Mnatsakan Minassian–bodyguard of former mayor Siradeghian–standing behind presidential candidate Demirchian.
The article states that Minassian was part of a group of people arrested by interior and national security agencies. His appearance in the photograph prompted the issue.
"This shows a possible connection between Siradeghian of the Armenian National Movement and Communist Karen Demirchian," the newspaper reads.
At a news conference yesterday–Karen Demirchian said that he has no bodyguard. Asked if the rumors that one of the recently arrested people who used to be Vano Siradeghian’s bodyguard is presently Karen Demirchian’s bodyguard–the presidential candidate said–"There are former law enforcement officers who offered their service–saying that they will accompany us. I do not know them."