Armenian ex-presidential contender’s health worsens

Armenian ex-presidential contender’s health worsens

May 05, 2013 | 01:14

YEREVAN. – The health condition of Armenia’s opposition National
Self-Determination Union (NSU) Chairman, ex-presidential candidate
Paruyr Hayrikyan, who survived a suicide attempt and underwent a
surgery in Belgium, has taken a turn for the worse.

Complications have emerged after his operation, Hayrikyan’s nephew
Vrezh Zatikyan told Armenian

`They placed something in Hayrikyan’s body, which [that is, the thing]
should permeate over the course of months. [But] now, a bloody fluid
comes out from the surgery spot, [and] the doctors are extracting it.
According to the physicians, this should not have happened. It seems
his body does not accept [it]. They hope the secretion is because of
this and [his body] will adapt over time,’ Zatikyan said.

In his words, it will become clear by next week as to the cause of
this bloody oozing, and Hayrikyan is under medical supervision.

The NSU leader wanted to return to Armenia on Monday, but this did not
materialize due to the worsening of his health. It is not known when
he will return to the country.

As Armenian informed earlier, Paruyr Hayrikyan was
wounded as a result of an assassination attempt that was staged
against him on January 31 at around 11:20pm in downtown Yerevan, in
front of his home, and during the campaign season for the presidential
election that was held on February 18. First, he was transferred to
capital city Yerevan’s Surb Grigor Lusavorich (Saint Gregory the
Illuminator) Medical Center, where he was operated on. Subsequently,
he was taken to the rehabilitation center of the Armenian Red Cross
Society. Next, Hayrikyan headed to Belgium for treatment, and he
underwent a surgery there.

To note, on March 28, the Government of Armenia allocated 20,500,000
drams (approx. $50,000) to the Health Ministry to pay for the costs of
Paruyr Hayrikyan’s medical treatment to be conducted abroad. The
amount was allocated from the Government reserve fund.

In the criminal case that was launched into this assassination
attempt, ex-presidential candidate, non-party affiliate, and epic
poetry specialist Vardan Sedrakyan – who is imprisoned – is charged with
organizing the attempted murder of a state, political, or a public
figure. Two others, namely, Khachatur Poghosyan, is charged with
attempted murder of a state, political, or a public figure and with
illegal acquiring, possession and use of a weapon; and Samvel
Harutyunyan is charged with attempted murder of a state, political, or
a public figure.

According to our information, the first court hearing into this case
is scheduled for mid-May.

Photo by Arsen Sargsyan/

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