Tuesday, 25 September

Charity – The True Price to be Paid

Yesterday, they arrested American-Armenian businessman Serop Der-Boghossian. Criminal Charges of paedophilia have been launched by the National Security Service.

Back in 2002, a scandal rocked the Roman Catholic Church in America. It was discovered that church priests and higher-ups had been engaging in acts of sexual molestation of minors for years on end.

This bedrock of American society was forever discredited in the eyes of many citizens. Many left the church in a sign of disgust. Priest were offering prayers to God on Sundays but molesting parish boys the rest of the week.

After Hetq broke the story about the sexual antics of Serop Der-Boghossian, the CEO of Metal Prince and a recent advisor to Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, the businessman organized a letter writing campaign to Hetq.

The letters, sent in the name of various collectives, took Hetq to task for smearing the good name and character of Der-Boghossian.

They wrote that he is a generous benefactor and that Hetq has no right to smear him with such allegations. The man creates jobs and has saved the residents of Akhtala from hunger.

In a word, Der-Boghossian was described a 'saint" and Hetq was the devilish fiend who dared to expose him.

The writers of these letters chose to circumvent the evidence pointing to Der-Boghossian's paedophilia. If anything happened to their "saint", they would be left without a job, hungry and broke.

Last year, Hetq wrote that Der-Boghossian gave $15,000 for repairs to the police station in Alaverdi. RA Police Chief Alik Sargsyan, when asked to confirm this news, answered – Serop Der-Boghossian is a great patriot.

Police Chief Sargsyan added that Der-Boghossian is a great benefactor and has gifted several computers to the police as well.

Being charitable to the cops? What was the price to be paid in return? That he be selected as a member of the Public Council?

Could the police be expected to file criminal charges against Der-Boghossian given their

cozy relationship? The businessman was also known to invite Chief Sargsyan to his dinner parties.

Again, what was the price for all this charity?

Was it the government turning a blind eye to Hetq reports that this same businessman was illegally operating a mine in Shamlough, cutting down trees and paying no local property tax?

What does all this have to do with charity?

There are hundreds of average people who have lent a helping hand to others – they have financed home purchases for refugees, have paid school expenses for needy students, and covered emergency medical costs for those who couldn't pay...

And they never requested that their names be published.

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