Rouben Hayrapetyan, a member of parliament who is also president of Armenia’s Football Federation, testified to police that one of his bodyguards severely beat Major Vahe Avetyan at the Harsnakar Restaurant yesterday evening at about 11:30.
Avetyan is in very serious condition after undergoing skull surgery.
Major Avetyan works for Armenia’s Ministry of Defense and heads the Urology Division at the Yerevan Military Hospital. The restaurant where the incident took place is owned by Hayrapetyan.
The Police Department’s press office has told Hetq that a criminal case of premeditated assault has been launched but that no arrests have been made.
Hetq also tried to get in touch with Armenia’s Football Federation for additional information.
Federation Press Chief Tigran Israyelyan suggested that we speak directly to Arayik Manoukyan, a personal advisor to Hayrapetyan.
Manoukyan, in turn, directed us to the management of the Harsnakar Restaurant.
Restaurant Manager Samvel Hovhannisyan told us that yesterday was his day off and that he couldn’t tell us anything about the incident.
We tried to telephone Harsnakar Director Hrachyan Zohrabyan, but he failed to answer our calls.
The Police Department added that along with Vahe Avetyan, Dr. Artak Bayadyan, who works at the Central Military Hospital, was also rushed to the hospital with injuries from the restaurant.
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