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10.06.2018 | army

The mother kneeled at the gates of the military unit, but they did not let her in. The family denies the version of suicide

The mother kneeled at the gates of the military unit, but they did not let her in. The family denies the version of suicide
Captain Hmayak Hakobyan was not buried by military order and honor. The military did not even send a “military band” to the village, which usually plays the hymn in honor of the deceased officers. Nobody has visited the Hakobyans from the Defense Ministry, no one has condoled them.

Two days after the captain`s death, on May 28, on the Day of the First Republic, the Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan, responding to the questions of journalists, hastily made a statement on the death of the captain. “According to the preliminary investigation, he committed suicide. Suicide is a social issue and is not always connected with the army.”

“I do not believe my son committed suicide,” cries out Manya Sargsyan, the offended mother. “But, let`s say, he did. My son has worked so hard for them. They were so unaffected, so indifferent ...” The Hakobyans live in a two-story beautiful house in Hnaberd village and do not leave the impression of a socially insecure family.

Manya Sargsyan tells that her son has graduated from the Military Aviation Institute. He has been serving in Martakert for three years, he was in the army since 2011. She shows the guests the closet of her son, his tidy room, which is perfectly clean, her son`s diplomas and medals: "Best Communication Head," "For Impeccable Service," "On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Independence," and the rest, to prove what a perfect officer Hamo was.

The suicide version started to circulate on May 26, right on the day of the captain’s death. It was a Saturday, and there were several servicemen in the military unit. At 1.00 am, they found the body of the captain in the bedroom, shot in the chest. The next day, the Investigative Committee informed that Hakobyan had received “a deadly gunshot wound in the chest”. “The fourth garrison investigative department of the Military Criminal Cases Department is investigating the circumstances of captain Hmayak Hakobyan’s death,” reported the Investigative Committee.

Our source reports that the assault rifle was attached to Hakobyan.

A letter was found in the room of the deceased, the content of which has not been published. The Investigative Committee told us that the letter was a basis for initiation of a criminal case according to the Article 110 of the Criminal Code “Causing Suicide.”

It is rumored that the captain had large debts, which compelled him to commit suicide. However, our source reports that the debts did not exceed 1 million AMD (about $2,000), which confirmed the deceased`s relatives. It is illogical to assume that the officer, whose monthly salary was around 300 thousand drams, whose family is not needy, whose brother is in contractual military service, and whose father is employed abroad in Russia, committed suicide for 1 million drams. Therefore, the hypothesis of suicide on the "social" grounds put forward by the minister and the preliminary investigative body is absurd.

Hmayak Hakobyan`s relatives also consider suicide version ridiculous. The officer’s mother, Manya Sargsyan, told Forrights.am that her son was making plans on the previous day, arranging meetings and did not look like a man who intended to put an end to his life.

"If one has such an intention, would he/she buy military clothes a day earlier and would he/she make alterations to them?”

That day, she has long waited her son and then started calling him. He was unreachable. When learning the news of his death, she went to the military unit. The 10-kilometer way seemed endless to her. She reached the unit, but was not allowed to enter. “I kneeled in front of the military unit, I was begging to let me in, to let see my son, but they did not, I did not see him,” sobs the woman.

The deceased`s brother Hayk Hakobyan recalls a few strange facts that indirectly indicate that what has happened was not a suicide. First, on the day of his death, the captain received a salary of 500,000 drams, but it did not appear in his bank account. Captain had a thick gold chain on his neck, which has vanished after his death.

He tells us that after the incident he entered the military unit, saw the bedroom where his brother died, and his brother`s rifle with which, as reported by the military unit, he shot himself. Hayk assures that the rifle was carefully placed on two beds. “My brother could not shoot himself, get up, put the rifle nicely on the beds and then die,” he says.

The letter seems strange to Hayk too. It was allegedly written before his death, and the copy of it was kept on him. He says that in the one-page letter nothing was said about suicide intention.

"There is nothing definite. He wrote that he had decided to do a few years earlier, but did not do. But he did not mention what it was he wanted to do. The letter is written very accurately, all dots and commas in relevant places, each thought written in separate paragraphs, but, nevertheless, at the end of the letter there is a comma instead of a period. The letter was in his room, not in the bedroom where the body was found, so was the pen. He had a cup of coffee with the day patrol and was very cheerful,” says Hayk Hakobyan. He also assures that his brother had no problems inside the military unit. But he does not exclude that “outsiders” could have entered the military unit on Saturday. The family hopes that the investigative bodies will conduct an objective investigation and will find the murderers.

“I am the mother and I do not believe my son could commit suicide; I am waiting, I am waiting every day,” says Manya Sargsyan, trying to hold back her tears.

Syuzan Simonyan
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