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19.06.2018 | army

When you deal with the life and death of a soldier, the victory becomes more valuable

When you deal with the life and death of a soldier, the victory becomes more valuable
About 7 months ago, the Journalists for Human Rights organization launched an investigation of a mine explosion incident at the Martakert military unit in Artsakh on November 21, 2017. Three servicemen, lieutenant Gegham Zakaryan, privates Sargis Abrahamyan and Sargis Melikyan were killed. Private Narek Hoveyan was seriously injoured. 

To explore details of the incident, we initiated our own investigation. First, we visited the families of all killed soldiers at Masis, Vardenis and Musaler and listened to the family members of the victims. We met Narek`s mother in Yerevan. We also received valuable information from our sources. 

Gradually, it became apparent that the command of the Martakert military unit sent untrained and inexperienced servicemen for mine installation. The operation was led by Gegham Zakaryan who became an officer only 3 months ago. The injured Narek Hoveyan had no proper education. Parents of the killed and wounded soldiers said in a conversation with us that the mine explosion would not happen if the head of the operation was not an inexperienced officer, and if their sons had appropriate skills and were properly equipped.

As a news outlet and simultaneously a human rights organization, we made publications revealing the details of the incident on our website, demonstrated the problems recorded by us to the relevant bodies and the public. The Defense Ministry responded in writing that conclusions have been drawn  and work was carried out with military personnel, the Armed Forces personnel have been instructed to conform to security measures and adjacent issues. Indeed, with great pleasure we can state that the work carried out by the Ministry of Defense gave its results: during the first six months of 2018, only one incident of mine explosion involving military servicemen occurred and it happened in January. 

When there was no trace of revolution in Armenia yet, we envisaged that once again the investigative body was going to conceal the case of November 21 incident and the responsible persons would not be punished. The first signs were already there. The Investigative Committee had initiated a criminal case under Article 373, Part 4 of the RA Criminal Code (Breach of rules for handling weapons which negligently caused death of two or more people). From the choice of the Article follows that the investigative body was looking for the perpetrator of mine explosion among the dead or wounded soldiers. In fact, the possibility of detecting the responsible party among high-ranking officers was initially ignored.  

Today the Investigative Committee has informed that, with the combination of sufficient evidence obtained, the head of the engineering service of Martakert military unit was charged under Article 376 (2) of the Criminal Code. He, according to the Committee, showed negligence towards the service, did not perform his obligations, as a result of which the work was not planned and organized thoroughly:   

“The engineering work has been carried out improperly, the staff did not have comprehensive knowledge of material means of mines, of the order of implementation of the task assigned, and did not have practical skills of dealing with mining and demining, the anti-tank mines being in combat state were removed by hand, with the help of sharp-edged spade and moved manually, the mine field has not been inspected, appropriate tools have not been used.   

As a result, on November 21, 2017, at about 6:35 pm, during the engineering work at the combat position of the protection area of the N military unit, three servicemen of the same military unit were killed and another soldier was wounded from an explosion of anti-tank mines.”

Starting from a certain point of investigation, the preliminary investigative body started an objective investigation. Certainly, with our comprehensive coverage of the incident, we had our humble input in this outcome.  

This is a unique occurrence when a high-ranking military officer is facing serious charges for negligence with dire consequences. In the past, there was a sad tradition to put the blame on ordinary soldiers or the enemy, thus sparing the high ranking officials. 

The lives of the killed men are lost forever, but the victory of justice has distinct significance ...

Robert Ananyan
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