Vardan Grigorian, a member of the People's Deputy faction (second largest parliamentary group) in parliament was elected today chairman of the newly created commission to investigate the probe into the October 27, 1999 terrorist attack. Last week, parliament voted to set up a Temporary Commission to probe in to the investigation of the attack that killed Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkissian, Speaker of Parliament Karen Demirchian and six others during a parliamentary session.
During briefings today, various parliamentary groups expressed conflicting opinions about the selection of Mr. Grigorian. Hovhaness Hovhannisian, a member of "Kayunutyun" and Chairman of the Foreign Relation Committee told reporters that Mr. Grigorian is a balanced and measured individual who was not present in the assembly hall during the attack and was also a close associate of the slain prime minister.
However, Artur Baghdassarian pointed out during his briefing that Mr. Grigorian is a businessman and can be subject to various pressures.
Mr. Grigorian 51, is not a member of any political party but was a member of the "Republic" group in the previous parliament.