Monday, 24 September

Grieving Soldier’s Father: “My son didn’t commit suicide, they killed him”



The Mouradyan family of Talin believes their son Arman was killed while serving in the Artsakh Defense Army and did not commit suicide as officially claimed. Here’s their version of events.

Arman Mouradyan had only three months military service left when his body was discovered on June 30, 2013. He had died from gunshot wounds at a military outpost of the Artsakh Defense Army.

His parents were told that their son had committed suicide. They’ve never accepted that version of events and have always held that Arman was murdered.

After graduating high school, Arman Mouradyan enrolled in the State Academy of Emergency Affairs Management. He was a superior student who later was conscripted into the army in 2011. He was transferred to Martakert a year later.

“Arman had three months left to serve. We were preparing to welcome him back home. Our son wasn’t a quitter. He was a brilliant student wholoved life and his country. He was a sergeant, a strong, tall boy. You can see what poems he wrote about the homeland and his military service on the back of photos he sent home,” Arman’s father Hovsep recounted during a visit to the Hetq office.

On August 5, 2013, five days after Arman’s body was found, Major Emil Avetisyan, deputy to the battalion leader in charge of weaponry, was arrested and charged not for the murder but for beating and employing violence against his subordinates. Avetisyan was also charged with abuse of authority by an officer.

“Our boy was planning to continue his education at the Emergency Affairs Academy. He wanted to become a professional and assist his countrymen. But they didn’t let him. I pursued my own investigation for one year and revealed that they killed Arman. Those soldiers who want to talk have already been discharged. Their parents have sent them overseas out of fear,” Hovsep Mouradyan told Hetq.

The dead boy’s father claims that Arman’s murder was a ploy to have Smbat Grigoryan, the post commander, relocated. The day after the incident Grigoryan resigned his command but was appointed commander somewhere else.

While Grigoryan denied that Sargent Mouradyan’s death had anything to do with the relocation in a subsequent press interview, Arman’s father continues to link the two.

“On August 1 Smbat Grigoryan told me that he was prepared to do everything to get to the bottom of my son’s death. I later learned that they replaced him that same day,” Hovsep Mouradyan told Hetq.

We should note that Arman Mouradyan’swasn’t the first soldier to die at this military post. He was the third. On March 20, 2013 VolodyaAvagyan died, followed by RaffiMarashyan on April 19, 2013.

“There was beating and violence employed by Emil Avetisyan, which is attested to by other soldiers. On the 3oth, Emil entered the barracks and beat the soldiers, including Arman. Her snatched my son’s weapon and shot him. I won’t note the names of the soldiers who told me this. I am fearful that they will hurt these kids too,” Hovsep Mouradyan said.

The preliminary examination of the case has now ended. The case is being tried at the Syunik Regional Court in Stepanakert. The court however never adequately informed the families of the injured parties that the trail began in May.

“They hold a session and we only receive a notice two days later. This is unheard of. At a minimum, I would like to have the trial relocated to Armenia. The incident took place in Martakert and the trial is taking place in Stepanakert, attended by the staff of the Syunik Provincial Court. It’s an infringement from top to bottom. Our complaints either go unanswered or are directed to the same body we are protesting against,” Hovsep Mouradyan told Hetq. 


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Comments (10)
1. Վեհարի17:20 - 22 September, 2014
Ուշադրություն դարձրեք, արդեն որերրորդ դեպքն է, սպանում են բարձրահասակներին, գերազանց սովորողներին, ուժեղներին, Հ Ա Յ Ր Ե Ն Ա Ս Ե Ր Ն Ե Ր Ի Ն: Հոդվածում ասվում է` ,,ընդունվել է Ճգնաժամային կառավարման պետական ակադեմիա, սովորել գերազանց, ո՛չ խեղճ էր, ո՛չ կոտրվող, գերազանց սովորող, կյանքը սիրող, հայրենիքը սիրող մարդ էր: Սերժանտ էր, շատ բարձրահասակ, ուժեղ տղա,,: բանաստեղծություններ էր գրում,,: Համոզված եմ, ցեղասպանությունը շարունակող ուժերի պատվերով սպանություն է: Բանակի գլխավոր հրամանատար` սերժ Սարգսյանը և Պաշտպ. Նախարար ս. Օհանյանը պատասխանատու են Մարտակերտում անհաշիվ ,,ինքնասպանությունների,, սպանությունների համար և պարտավոր են անմիջապես հրաժարական տալ:
2. Xunsap'ha18:18 - 22 September, 2014
The more we find out criminality and injustice is being practised in Armenia, the more of us in the diaspora we are alienated from our so-called "hayreniq".
3. Ed21:36 - 22 September, 2014
Xunsap'ha, I don't care who you are and what your excuse is, don't you dare carlling Armenia a "so-called "hayreniq" ".
4. General Koofta14:15 - 23 September, 2014
Why not Ed??? does the truth hurt too much? I am here experiencing the corruption first hand now. cars more expensive than what I see in New York City but glaring poverty all around. To me, the corruption and russo-armo mafia regime is just as great a threat to Armenian survival as the Turks. I await your threatening response!
5. Mihran23:27 - 23 September, 2014
The truth always hurts,sadly Ed cant take it.Armenian has become the land of fraud,corruption,injustices galore,criminality at the highest levels of this regime,net result being people are voting with their feet on a weekly basis and leaving Armenia to these crooks.In 7-10 years Armenia will not be able to function as a viable state,than what gentleman,what's plan B.
6. Xunsap'ha07:04 - 24 September, 2014
To Ed: Քեզ նման կոյր հայրենասէրներն են որ աւազակ վարչակազմին կողոպուտի, մարդասպանութեան և ամէն տեսակի ոճրագործական գործունէութեանց կատարման կը նպաստեն: Հայրենասիրութիւնը մէկդի, եթէ հայութիւնը իր բոլոր ուժով, բարձրաձայն արդարութիւն, հաշիւ- հաշուետուութիւն պահանջէր իր կառավարութենէն, ներկայի վարչակազմ կոչուած անբարոյականութեան մարմնացումը շատոնց մէջտեղէն պիտի անհետանար:
7. Herepta21:24 - 24 September, 2014
Reading this article one cannot help but feel that the Armenian soldier has more reasons to fear those in his own army, rather than the enemy. Indeed, on more than one occasion, a handful of Armenian soldiers have successfully repelled/dealt with the superior numbers of their attackers. And yet when it comes to identifying the criminals in the army, the same soldiers prefer to stay silent for fear of unwelcome repercussions from their very own. Who should be held responsible for this state of affairs? President Sargsyan, the Defence minister Ohanyan and their ilk. If parents have to resort to sending their sons abroad out of fear of harm to them from their own people, something is glaringly wrong. If the dark deeds of the Emil Avetisyans and the Smbat Grigoryans of this world are conveniently covered up, instead of being exposed and accordingly dealt with, the downfall of that society is not about whether, but just a matter of time. It appears that the gangrene, the cancer is far too advanced to rescue the Armenian society. The root cause of all this is CORRUPTION - right at the very top. Such a "hayrenik" is not worth the love it beckons. It is toxic; and it can only harm. God's love and mercy will take care of Arman Mouradyan, Volodya Avagyan, Raffi Marashyan and other innocents. That is as sure as tomorrow's rising sun. That's because God is loving, merciful and just. As for the wicked, He has given His Word that, their fate is already sealed. The recent Armenia-Diaspora Conference should have been an excellent occasion for the Diasporans to raise this and other issues, and to remind the government that we are not happy by their criminality. As usual, that was another waste of time and money. Next time the government mentions the death of a soldier from enemy fire, we should remind it of our boys who are being killed by our own army. A big THANK YOU to Hetq for exposing the dirty deeds of those in charge.
8. Robert Davidian00:53 - 26 September, 2014
Here is a 10 minute video about these murders in the Army: https://vimeo.com/50026059
9. Armen 05:10 - 26 September, 2014
ՍՈՎԵՏԱԿԱՆ ԲԱՆԱԿՈՒՄ ԵԹԵ ԶՈՐԱՄԱՍՈՒՄ ՄԻ ՔԱՆՒ ՀԱՅ ԵՎ ՎՐԱՑԻ ԷՐ ԼԻՆՈՒՄ, ԱՄԲՈՂՋ "ՎԼԱՍՏԸ" ԻՐԵՆՑՆ ԷՐ։ ԴԻԱԿ ԲԵՐՈՒՄ ԷԻՆ ՀԱԶԱՐԻՑ ՄԵԿ։ 20 ՏԱՐՎԱ ԵՐԿԻՐ Է ԻՐ ԲԱՆԱԿՈՎ, ԻՐԱՐ ԱՎԵԼԻ ՇԱՏ ԵՆ ՍՊԱՆՈՒՄ ՔԱՆ ԹՈՒՐՔԻ ԴԻՊՈՒԿԱՀԱՐՆԵՐՆ։ ԲԱՆԱԿՆ ԷԼ ՀԱՍԱՐԱԿՈՒԹՅԱՆ ՊԱՏՃԵՆ Է՝ ԻՆՉՊԵՍ ԴՐՍՈՒՄ ԵՆ ԻՐԱՐ «ՍԻՐՈՒՄ» ԱՅՆՊԵՍ ԷԼ ԲԱՆԱԿՈՒՄ ԵՆ ԻՐԱՐ «ՈՒՏՈՒՄ» ։ ՊԱՏԿԵՐԱՑՆՈՒՄ ԵՄ ԹԵ ՈՐՔԱՆ ԴԺՎԱՐ Է ՇՐՋԱՆԻՑ ՏՂԱՆԵՐԻ ՀԱՄԱՐ։ ...... ԷՍ ՋԱՀԵԼ ՄԱՐԴԸ ՍԵՎԸ ՀԱԳԵԼ ՆՍՏԵԼ Է.... ԻՆՉ ԱՆԻ՞, ԱՐԴԱՐՈՒԹՑՈՒՆ Է ՈՒԶՈՒՄ ԻՐ ԱՆՎԵՐԱԴԱՐՁ ՎԻՇՏԸ ԹԵԹԵՎԱՑՆԵԼՈՒ ՀԱՄԱՐ, ՈՐԴՈՒ ԿՅԱՆՔԸ ՉԿԱՐՈՂԱՑԱՎ ՓՐԿԵԼ , ՓՈՐՁՈՒՄ Է ԳՈՆԵ ՊԱՏԻՎԸ ՓՐԿԵԼ..... ՀԱՎԱՔՎԵՔ ԲՈԼՈՐՏ՝ ԶՈՀՎԱԾՆԵՐԻ ԾՆՈՂՆԵՐՏ, ՆԱԻՐԻՏԻ ԱՇԽԱՏՈՂՆԵՐԸ, ՕԴԱՉՈՒՆԵՐԸ, ԲՆԱԿԱՐԱՆ ՊԱՀԱՆՋՈՂՆԵՐԸ ԵՎ ՆՈՐ ԱՎԵԼԱՑԱԾ, ՄԱՆՐ ԱՌԵՎՏՐՈՎ ԶԲԱՂՎՈՂՆԵՐԸ ( ՏԵՍՆՈՒՄ ԵՔ ՈՐՔԱՆ ՇԱՏ ԵՔ ) , ՓՈՂՈՑ ԴՈՒՐՍ ԵԿԵՔ , « ԾԱՂԻԿ» ՎԵՐՑՐԵՔ ԵՎ ՄԱՔՐԵՔ ԵՐԿԻՐԸ ԱՌՆԵՏՆԵՐԻՑ։ ՄԵՆՔ ԷԼ, ՀԵՌՎԻՑ «ԽՈՐՀՈՒՐԴ » ՏՎՈՂՆԵՐՍ, ՀԱՎԱՏԱՑԵՔ , ՁԵՐ ԿՈՂՔԻՆ ԿԿԱՆԳՆԵՆՔ։ ..... ԵԹԵ ՈՉ, ԻՄ ՀՈՎՍԵՓ ԱԽՊԵՐ, ԴՈՒ ԿՈՐՑՆԵԼՈՒ ԲԱՆ ՉՈՒՆԵՍ.....
10. Xunsap'ha09:21 - 26 September, 2014
Mr Davidian, I thank you very much for preparing this video and for bringing it to my attention. This is the first time I have been made aware of the details of this ongoing tragedy. May I ask that you mention this video again and again (as the occasion calls for) in the comments section of other articles also, as a reminder of the facts, so as to draw more attention to this sad state of affairs in our "supposed hayreniq".
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