Commenting on yesterday’s announcement by the Armenian Prosecutor-General’s Office of the “necessity” to close the investigation to identify the masterminds of the October 27, 1999 Parliament attack, “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes: “The closure of the investigation in fact means that the October 27 terrorist attack had no organizers or supporters, or that they were the gunmen found guilty by the court.” “This decision will be met by a new wave of public disappointment,” the paper predicts.
“The investigators claim that if ‘new circumstances’ emerge, they will reopen the investigation. But everyone understands that new circumstances can emerge only in the event of regime change in Armenia,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” continued. “There are many questions and the answers, according to informed sources, lead directly to the special services, to secutity bodies.”
The same paper thinks that the replacement of the director of the National Security Service remains mysterious. “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes that it would be “at the least unserious to think” that the agency’s former head, Karlos Petrosian initiated the move. “It is just a redistribution of the spheres of economic influence. [Armenian President Robert] Kocharian decided to give the economic spheres controlled by Petrosian to other clans.”
The paper quotes parliament deputy Hmayak Hovhannisian, who thinks that Petrosian has been stripped of control over certain economic spheres because he openly supports parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian.