YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Former president Levon Ter-Petrosian returned the Karabakh Committee case files to the archives of the Prosecutor General Saturday following a written statement released by him Friday confirming that the Soviet era files were in fact in his possession.
The Prosecutor-general Aghvan Hovsepian said that he had formally requested that Levon Ter-Petrosian should return the case to the prosecutor’s office. He said what was done in 1996 was a gross violation of the law as even the president of the republic is not entitled to request and keep criminal cases.
Meanwhile a spokeswoman for the office of public prosecutor, Sona Truzian, said that it took five employees from the prosecutor’s office visiting Ter-Petrosian’s house to finally take back the fifty-volume case.
Ter-Petrosian’s statement acknowledging his possession of the files came in response to an announcement by prosecutor-general Aghvan Hovsepian that the whereabouts of the 50-volume case, declared missing from the prosecutorial archives, was traced and that the files were kept by the ex-president.
Ter-Petrosian said in the statement that back in 1995 or 1996 he asked then Armenia’s prosecutor-general Artavazd Gevorgian to send the Karabakh Committee case to the presidential palace so that it could be put on display in a museum for the Karabakh Movement that was to be opened in 1998
“After the change of power, all materials of the Karabakh Committee case were transferred to my personal archive and have been kept there to date. None of the prosecutor-generals that succeeded Artavazd Gevorgian in office have requested that I return the materials. I still think that the most appropriate place for keeping these materials is a museum of the Karabakh movement, which will be opened sooner or later. But if there is any necessity, I am ready to return them immediately to the archives of the prosecutor’s office,” his statement said