According to Armenian News-NEWS.am, recently, head of the military police unit of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia in Ijevan, Colonel Mesrop Hovhannisyan was involved in an incident. According to rumors in Ijevan, the colonel, who wasn’t sober, got into a dispute with a group of residents of Ijevan, made improper statements, after which he was beaten. However, the colonel didn’t go to the hospital in order to avoid a scandal. According to our information, the Ministry of Defense is currently considering Hovhannisyan’s dismissal.
As reported the Police to Armenian News-NEWS.am, the Police didn’t receive an alarm about this incident, and the Ministry of Defense refused to comment on the information regarding Hovhannisyan’s possible dismissal. As a matter of fact, Mesrop Hovhannisyan has close ties with acting Chief of the Military Police Aleksandr Aghajanyan, and this is probably the reason why the Police didn’t receive an alarm.
On February 19, by the decree of President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, Artur Baghdasaryan was dismissed from the post of military police chief. This came after the Prime Minister’s consultation regarding the deaths in the armed forces, after which Nikol Pashinyan wrote that there had been several major decisions, including decisions regarding personnel changes.