Monday, August 29, 2011

Armenian Military Probes Another Non-Combat Death

Military authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the non-combat death of yet another Armenian soldier, which highlighted their continuing failure to root out chronic abuses within the army ranks.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry reported at the weekend that Aghasi Abrahamian, an 18-year-old conscript serving in an army unit near Nagorno-Karabakh, died shortly after being hospitalized with serious injuries late on Friday.

A ministry statement said that military investigators are now trying to establish the causes of Abrahamian’s death. It said they opened a criminal case under a Criminal Code clause dealing with involuntary manslaughters caused by beatings.

The ministry’s Investigative Department reported no arrests among military personnel as of Monday evening.

Abrahamian’s grief-stricken relatives insisted, meanwhile, that the conscript was beaten to death and that the investigators should treat the case as a deliberate murder.

“My boy was brutally beaten to death,” his mother Gayane told RFE/RL’s Armenian service ( in her Yerevan apartment where Abrahamian lay in state on Monday.

“I sent a healthy boy [to the army] and I expected to get back a healthy boy, not a dead body,” she cried.
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Update: Two Arrested Over Armenian Serviceman's Death

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