“Iravunk” comments that the ongoing simultaneous trials on the 1999 parliament attack and the assassination of Tigran Naghdalian are “fraught with scandalous situations and a substantial impact on the political atmosphere.” “In general, almost no trials in Armenia pursue the goal of uncovering the truth and establishing justice,” the paper says. “And in these two trials there is no judicial logic either, because a part of the political elite suspects the current regime of organizing [the parliament killings of] October 27, while the regime is trying to offset that with the trial of Armen Sarkisian. When a political issue is on the line, justice keeps silent.”
“Aravot” wonders why Armenian state prosecutors have asked anyone who has valuable information about possible masterminds of the parliament attack to come forward now, nearly four years after the killings. The paper suggests that the authorities simply want to dispel doubts about their willingness to solve the case.
“The course of the October 27 trial once again demonstrates that the authorities are intent on wrapping it up before the National Assembly’s ratification of the Protocol No. 6 to the European Convention on Human Rights,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” This would allow them to sentence Nairi Hunanian and his accomplices to death and then blame Europe for their future decision to commute the sentences.
In an interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak,” opposition leader Aram Sarkisian accuses the authorities of “pressurizing” relatives of the parliament attack victims and their legal counsels. He says the regime wants to finish the politically embarrassing trial before the October elections in Azerbaijan so that it can get a freer hand in the subsequent peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The opposition continues to regard regime change as its main goal,” Sarkisian continues. “We will definitely organize more rallies and believe that the Constitutional Court’s decision on a referendum of confidence must be put into practice.”
“Nobody thinks that the opposition is an enemy of this country,” the parliamentary leader of the governing Orinats Yerkir party, Samvel Balasanian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “If they are keen to work constructively, one can always debate and reach common ground.” Balasanian says his party is ready to support any opposition initiative aimed at improving the socioeconomic situation in Armenia.
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that the Armenian Communists are toughening their stance against the authorities. One of their leaders, Frunze Kharatian, blasts the party’s former first secretary, Vladimir Darpinian, saying that his opposition to the government was only verbal. Kharatian blames Darpinian for recent years’ rifts inside the Communist Party.