Armenia’s former regional governor roams about with bodyguard

Armenia’s former regional governor roams about with bodyguard

June 08, 2013 | 11:16

YEREVAN. – Former Governor Suren Khachatryan of Armenia’s Syunik
Region asked for a bodyguard, and now he travels with one; the Police
confirmed this information to Armenian

According to the Police, Khachatryan applied to the Police General
Department of State Protection, a respective contract was signed, and
he was assigned a bodyguard.

As Armenian informed earlier, shots were fired nearby
Suren Khachatryan’s home in Goris city, on June 2 at around 12:10am,
as a result of which one person was killed and two others sustained
gunshot wounds and were taken to Goris hospital. The person who died
was Avo Budaghyan, the former Goris mayoral candidate. The wounded are
Budaghyan’s brother Artak, and Nikolay Abrahamyan, a relative and
bodyguard of Khachatryan. Subsequently, the wounded were transferred
to capital city Yerevan.

A criminal case is launched on charges of murder and illegal carrying,
possession, and use of arms and ammunition, and the Military
Prosecutor’s Office is conducting the investigation.

Two people are arrested in connection with this incident. One of them
is the Syunik regional governor’s son, Tigran Khachatryan, 19, and the
other is the governor’s bodyguard, Zarzand Nikoghosyan.

Pursuant to his petition, Suren Khachatryan on Thursday was relieved
of his duties as Governor of Syunik Region.

News from Armenia –

From: A. Papazian