IRAN HANDS MINISTER’S SON OVER TO ARMENIA – NEWSPAPER
October 24, 2013 | 08:17
YEREVAN. – Interesting facts are emerging in connection with the recent
arrest of Armenian Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Yuri Vardanyan’s
son, Zhoghovurd daily reports.
“Zhoghovurd’s well-informed sources claim that the Islamic Republic
of Iran law enforcement detained him on the Armenian-Iranian border on
suspicion of transporting drugs. But verifying that he is an Armenian
citizen, [and] the son of a senior official, they immediately sent
him back to Armenia to avoid unnecessary uproar. At the same time,
they informed the Armenian border guards of what transpired, and
asked them to detain Davit Vardanyan.
“The Iranians acted in this way because in their country they
sentence people to death for possession of drugs. And so that an
Armenian citizen would not be sentenced to death, they preferred to
‘hand him over’ to his local law enforcement.
“[But] Zhoghovurd was unable to verify this news from Yuri Vardanyan,”