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5.07.2018 | right to a fair trial

The disclosure of March 1, 2008 crimes will be the main guarantee of free and fair elections

The disclosure of March 1, 2008 crimes will be the main guarantee of free and fair elections
There is a long-awaited positive shift in the March 1, 2008 case: the former Defense Minister of Armenia Michael Harutyunyan has been indicted for the criminal case. Detention was chosen as a preventive measure against him. The Special Investigative Service has found out that Harutyunyan has overthrown the constitutional order of the country by prior agreement with other persons. The second president of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, was also summoned for questioning.    

In an interview with Forrights.am, the Vice President of the Armenian National Congress political party Levon Zurabyan expressed conviction that the disclosure of the eagerly awaited March 1 case has really started. The outline of the investigation is correct, as the ANC officially declared recently. “There is a political will to reveal March 1; we see it because the SIS has already given absolutely correct estimations to the events of March 1. We have never seen such a thing before and, naturally, we should help the investigation.”   
The Armenian National Congress conveyed the names of prosecutors, judges, investigators and police officers, who had made unlawful decisions on the March 1 case, to the prosecutor`s office and the SIS. Among them are former Prosecutor General of Armenia, former President of the Court of Cassation, former head of the Special Investigation Service, the head of the Investigative Group, judges, police officers who gave false testimonies, and dozens of other people.

Levon Zurabyan cites some historical facts. Before March 1, 2008, the only occasion when the Armenian authorities opened fire on their own people was in February 1921, during riots against the Soviets. With intention to usurp power, the Robert Kocharyan and Serge Sargsyan regime dispersed peaceful demonstrations by using deadly force. Seizing of power took place. There is a notorious, illegal order number 0038, by which the army got involved in political processes with gross violations of the Constitution. These observations of the ANC Vice-President have also been confirmed by the Special Investigation Service. 

 “In the evening of March 1, under Martial Law, the Armed Forces and Police Department units implemented special measures on the central streets of Yerevan using weapons, explosives and special means. As a result of the usage of firearms, ammunition, explosives and special means, hundreds of people received injuries of different degrees, 8 civilians and 2 police officers were killed. The peaceful gathering has dispersed. Significant damage has been made to the international prestige of Armenia,” states the SIS announcement.

Levon Zurabyan says that this has been a consistently implemented terrorist act by the state, the citizens’ will to have their own authorities has been denied, which should have mandatory legal assessment. “The disclosure of March 1, 2008 crimes will be the main guarantee of free and fair elections. All officials, politicians, prosecutors, judges, investigators, and police officers will learn a great lesson that the contempt of the will of the people will not be tolerated and that they will be accountable sooner or later.”   

The ANC possesses both public and undisclosed documents which are crucial for the revelation of March 1 events. They will be presented to the investigative body. Levon Zurabyan reminds that during the 10 years following the tragedy of March 1, the government did its best to hide the reality and put the whole blame on the political opposition. At the time, the Armenian National Congress (ANC) has revealed this fact. He spoke about the secret order of the former Chief of the Special Investigative Service, Andranik Mirzoyan, to the prosecutors. In his order, the head of the SIS was giving instructions on how to spread a rumor and “prove” that that the actions of Ter-Petrosyan`s supporters were directed against Russia.

March 1 should be a Nuremberg process, which will exclude any recurrence of such events.   

Robert Ananyan
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