“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” comments on a fresh report by the Hetq.am investigative publication accusing Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian of co-owning a Cyprus-registered company that was allegedly used for defrauding an Armenian businessman, Paylak Hayrapetian. The paper says it will force Sarkisian and his cronies, who now strongly deny any wrongdoing, to make more confessions about the embarrassing affair.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” also believes that Sarkisian was involved in the alleged scam. The paper claims that Ashot Sukiasian would not have been able to misappropriate $12 million invested in a joint enterprise by Hayrapetian without the premier’s backing.
“Orakarg” reports that Sarkisian denounced “political speculations” of the affair during a cabinet meeting on Thursday. The paper says the prime minister is thus trying to undermine the credibility of the Hetq.am allegations.
“It is noteworthy that Serzh Sarkisian, who is silently watching all this, is not yet rushing to make any political evaluations,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” The paper speculates that the Armenian president is not sure at this point whether it is worth “sacrificing” his prime minister.
“Zhoghovurd” looks at the political implications of parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian’s decision to ask prosecutors to investigate the Audit Chamber’s recent controversial report that alleges serious abuses in the administration of public procurements by various government agencies. The paper says the move put Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian in an awkward situation because he “usually does not like sticking his head out during turbulent political events.” “But now he is being effectively forced to stick out by dealing with the case of those large-scale abuses,” it says. “Aghvan Hovsepian can certainly again choose to stay silent, but it is evident that in this case his silence would be no less vivid.”