Armenia: Searched Oppositionist Surrenders To The Police


jul 31 2009, 22:40

In Armenia, on July 30, another oppositionist left the underground
and surrendered to law enforcement bodies.

Gamlet Ovannisyan, a member of the Armenian National Congress (ANC),
who was in search since last March, is going to prove that statements
of the authorities on amnesty are deceptive.

Mr Ovannisyan, a veteran of the Karabakh War and former commander of
a special regiment, is accused of organizing mass disorders.

He came to the police station of the Yerevan community "Malatiya"
in his military uniform, accompanied by Armen Martirosyan, head of
the parliamentary faction of the Party "Zharangutyun" (Heritage)
and his son, advocate Givi Ovannisyan. Prior to his appearance at
the police, he spent two hours with his family at home.

Mr Ovannisyan himself has no hopes for indulgence, although he
has appeared before the deadline and is covered by the announced
amnesty. "I wish to prove that the so-called ‘display of good will’
by the authorities is nothing but illusion. They act not on good
will, but under tough pressure, even in the amnesty issue," he said
to journalists.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS