“Aravot” looks at statements made by Armenian state prosecutors regarding the probe of the post-election clashes in Yerevan, singling out the phrase “accompanied by murders” contained in accusations brought against many of the jailed opposition members. If the prosecutors are really concerned with those murders, editorializes the paper, they should have already determined the circumstances in which ten people died on March 1. “And yet it’s been almost seven months since those events, but nobody has been charged with murder,” it says. “Either our law-enforcers are so unprofessional that they are unable to find the criminals, or some circumstances of those murders do not play into the authorities’ hands and are therefore condemned to silence.”
Samvel Nikoyan, a pro-government deputy who leads a separate parliamentary inquiry into the unrest, tells “Aravot” that he too is concerned that nobody has so far been prosecuted in connection with those deaths.
“Azg” quotes the new U.S. ambassador to Armenia, Marie Yovanovitch, as calling on Thursday for an end to “Armenia’s isolation.” According to the paper, Yovanovitch welcomed Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s recent visit to Yerevan and expressed hope that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be settled in the near future.
“Yerkir” reports that Hrant Markarian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), has said that Turkey is shifting the focus of its foreign policy from Europe to the South Caucasus and Central Asia. “Turkey can not be the right country to establish regional cooperation because, first of all, it has been blockading Armenia and, secondly, and it is an interested party to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict,” Markarian said in a interview with a U.S.-based Armenian TV station.
“Hayots Ashkhar” predicts that Armenia could face serious internal and external challenges this fall. “But if the autumn passes relatively peacefully, any destabilization of the internal political situation can be ruled out until the next pre-election period,” says the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that by “reforms” the new Armenian administration means a “concentration of businesses in the hands of a few individuals.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reports that Gayane Karakhanian, the presiding judge in the trial of opposition leader Smbat Ayvazian, on Thursday unexpectedly satisfied the defendant’s demand to abandon the politically charged case. The opposition paper describes the decision as “unprecedented.” “Now the authorities have to find a new judge who would agree to handle that disgraceful case,” it says.
“The judge refused to execute [government] orders,” comments “Hayk.”