SIX OFFICERS DISMISSED FROM THEIR POSITIONS IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT AT MOYEMBERYAN MILITARY UNIT
Friday, June 21, 17:05
Six officers from one of the units of Noyemberyan, where Lyuks
Stepanyan was killed, had been dismissed, spokesperson for Defense
Ministry Artsrun Hovhannisyan said in an interview with Radio Liberty.
He also added that at present they are discussing the problem of
initiating criminal proceedings against the battery commander being
at guard duty that day.
Lyuks Stepanyan was killed in the unit on May 15. Parents of the
solider decided to bring the body to Yerevan to learn from Defense
Minister the true reasons of his death and hold a protest action near
the building of the Armenian government. On their way to Armenia’s
capital they clashed with the policemen. They damaged police cars
preventing them from moving to the capital. Parents held meetings
with the Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan, which promised to personally
observe punishment of all the culprits.
Asked about the rumors on the expected resignation of the Commander
of General Headquarters of Armenia’s Armed Forces, Yuri Khachaturov,
after this incident, Hovhannisyan replied: “It is a supposition,
a conclusion made by people as a result of bad mood and wishes.
Moreover, a commander of such a level is dismissed or appointed to
the position by the commander-in-chief”. He also added that there is
no reason for Khachaturov’s dismissal.