From our cell at the “Nubarashen” penitentiary we have recently been following the news on TV, and the police news on Channel 02. We are waiting for extremely important reports. They should more or less be like this: some masked idiots are standing on the left and right sides of the screen, and there, standing in the middle, is a policeman in the status of a prisoner, with his hands handcuffed, the stars on his shoulder straps somehow faded, his face unshaven, confused, perplexed and miserable. By our calculations, there should have been two such reports in the past weeks. The first report should have covered the arrest and imprisonment of policeman Moris Hayrapetyan of the Charentsavan police station, and the second, the arrest and imprisonment of Ashot Harutyunyan, head of Charentsavan’s Criminal Investigation Department of the same police station. The two, allow me to remind you, are charged with the criminal case of the death of Vahan Khalafyan. The official Armenian broadcasts, however, did not refer to the subject. Yet at the Nubarashen penitentiary I often meet unfortunate citizens whose faces are familiar to me from the “Haylur” reports. I meet a large number of people who have had the distinct honor of appearing on Channel 02. So what does this mean? Are the crimes committed by these people, or ascribed to them, more hazardous to the community than taking the life of an RA citizen at a police station? Had testimonies not been extorted from these people in the same way as from Vahan Khalafyan, which had killed him? Why, then, does the “02” TV program, which is the mouthpiece of the RA police, not refer to the arrest of these so-called policemen? Why doesn’t it read their verdict? Why doesn’t it air a special report to inform the public about their arrests? Is it because RA Police Chief Alik Sargsyan, whose face exude signs of blind fear of the Kyrgyz version, spread false information after Vahan Khalafyan’s murder, insisting that there were no traces of torture on Vahan’s body? If it were the police who gave Alik Sargsyan incorrect information, then he has no right to be chief of police; because it means that he is a weak and faceless official who is being taken in by his own people. If, on the other hand, he received accurate information and tried to mislead the public, then all the more reason for him not to be chief of police because the public is tired of police lies. In this situation, the only honorable thing Alik Sargsyan can do is to resign from his position of chief of police. But, or course, he will do no such thing. For the simple reason that at around the time of Vahan Khalafyan’s death and by a decree of Serzh Sargsyan, Hovhannes Tamamyan, Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division of RA Police, also received a general’s star. Hovik Tamamyan is the official whose office became the last stop in the life of RA citizen Levon Gulyan in 2007.
P.S. by HZh: Yesterday we telephoned the communication and public information division of the RA Police and asked why the “02” TV program does not continuously show Charentsavan police Moris Hayrapetyan and head of the criminal investigation Ashot Harutyunyan. We were told that we should ask the Special Investigation Services because it is the SIS that is investigating the case. As soon as we get an answer from the SIS, we will let our readers know.