Paruyr Hayrikian, a veteran Armenian politician, said on Tuesday that he has still not recuperated from a gunshot wound sustained during the recent presidential race despite having undergone medical treatment in Europe.
“Unfortunately, I need very long treatment,” he told journalists. “I have not yet recovered.”
Hayrikian spoke shortly after his return from the Netherlands and Belgium where he received medical treatment financed by the Armenian government. The government allocated an equivalent of roughly $50,000 for that purpose earlier this year after the Soviet-era dissident complained of continuing pains and difficulty with moving his right hand.
Hayrikian was shot and wounded in the right shoulder outside his Yerevan home less than three weeks before the February 18 presidential election which he contested along with the incumbent President Serzh Sarkisian and several other candidates.
One of those candidates, Vartan Sedrakian, was subsequently arrested on charges of paying two other jailed men to kill Hayrikian. Sedrakian strongly denies those charges. He and the two other suspects went on trial in Yerevan on May 14.
Hayrikian declined to comment Tuesday on the trial and the criminal investigation that preceded it. “I’m not following it,” he said. “This is really insignificant.”
“We’ll talk about that later. It makes no sense to say things in passing today. It’s better not to speak than to speak haphazardly,” added Hayrikian.
Hayrikian criticized the probe through his lawyer in March. The lawyer said then that his client believes the three arrested suspects had only “a tiny part in that monstrous crime.”