Suspicious Death: October 27 Accomplice Dead By Heart Attack In Pris

By Gayane Abrahamyan


Court trial of October 27 case (archive photo)

Suspicious Death: October 27 accomplice dead by heart attack in prison
Just one more suicide or assisted suicide by those security forces
that are in charge of the security of country and population? It seems
police department is offering an opportunity to committee legally
"suicide" ! …

An inmate sentenced to 14 years for his role in the October 27, 1999
terrorist attack on the Armenian Parliament died inside Nubarshen
penitentiary on Saturday (May 15).

According to prison officials, Hamlet Stepanyan, 57, died of a heart
attack. He is the third among six defendants of the controversial
case who died in prison, leading human right defenders to question
whether the death was by natural causes.

Michael Baghdasaryan, member of the Public Monitoring Group at the
Penitentiaries of the Ministry of Justice, says that Stepanyan was
generally healthy; he only had some respiratory track problems.

"Now it is too early to say whether or not the heart attack was a
result of some meddling, but we have some doubts, however they are
not grounded," Baghdasaryan told ArmeniaNow.

On October 27, 1999, armed men invaded the National Assembly of
Armenia shooting eight high ranking officials of Armenia, including
then NA Speaker Karen Demirchyan, and Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan.

Led by Nairi Hunanyan, six defendants have been in prison since their
surrender on the day of the attack.

In 2000, Norayr Yeghiazaryan, who had sold weapons to the gang, died
under unknown conditions in an isolation cell. In 2004, Vram Galstyan
(uncle of Nairi Hunanyan) committed suicide by hanging from a bed
sheet. Throughout his trial Galstyan claimed that authorities had
injected him with psychotropic drugs, and that they pressured him to
commit suicide "so that the truth remained unrevealed."

Stepanyan’s trial ended December 2, 2003, and his sentence would have
been completed in about three years.

"It is hard to believe in so many accidental deaths linked with
such a controversial case," Human Rights defender Michael Danielyan,
Chairman of Armenian Helsinki Association says.

"It is extremely suspicious to see that the defendants of this case are
disappearing little by little. This tendency shows that the traces [of
the assassinations] are being dredged up," Danielyan told ArmeniaNow.

Human right defenders’ suspicions increase even more when synthesizing
the death cases of witnesses linked with the October 27 case.

In 2002, Tigran Naghdalyan, 36, Chairman of the Board of the Armenian
Public Television and a key witness of the case was shot dead at the
doorstep of his apartment. Armen Sargsyan (brother of assassinated
Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan) was accused and imprisoned for
Naghdalyan’s murder, however, suspicion has surrounded Naghdalyan’s
death that he was assassinated as an October 27 witness.

In 2004, National Assembly deputy Mushegh Movsisyan, 47, another key
witness of the case, died of a car accident. The same year, Hasmik
Abrahamyan, 45, an employee of the NA Protocol Department who was on
the witness list was found hanged in the NA building.

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