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Yerevan Prosecutor’s ‘Suicide’ Investigated


Armenia -- The main entrance to the Office of the Prosecutor-General, 15Dec2009

Armenia -- The main entrance to the Office of the Prosecutor-General, 15Dec2009

A Yerevan prosecutor who was found dead at a cemetery in the northern Armenian city of Vanadzor on Tuesday most probably committed suicide, law-enforcement authorities said on Wednesday.


Aram Grigorian, a 37-year-old native of Vanadzor, reportedly died from a single shot fired to his head. Local police found his body lying by his late mother’s grave.

According Armenia’s Office of the Prosecutor-General, Grigorian left a suicide note in his car that read, “My decision is final. Please forgive me and don’t blame anyone.”

A spokeswoman for the law-enforcement agency, Sona Truzian, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) that the Special Investigative Service (SIS), which is subordinate to state prosecutors, believes that Grigorian shot himself from his pistol. She said investigators have examined his body and found no traces of violence on it.

Truzian said they have several theories of what might have prompted Grigorian to take his own life. She refused to specify any of them.

Unconfirmed media reports claimed that the prosecutor had large unpaid debts.

A father of three, Grigorian was given a position in the prosecutor’s office of Yerevan’s Kentron and Nork-Marash districts two months ago. He previously worked as a military prosecutor in Vanadzor.

“I last saw him on Friday,” Tevos Mirzabekian, Grigorian’s former Vanadzor superior, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service. “He came to Vanadzor and met me. We talked and everything was normal.”

“He said that he is very busy but didn’t complain about his new job,” Mirzabekian said, adding that Grigorian’s death was “unexpected and even unbelievable for us.”

The military prosecutor also backed the suicide theory. “I know his handwriting very well and can say that he wrote [the suicide note,]” he said.
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