Tuesday, 25 September

Etchmiadzin: Manvel Grigoryan and Artur Asatryan Arrested on Illegal Arms Charges



Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) today arrested two well-known personalities – Manvel Grigoryan and Artur Asatryan (aka Don Pipo) – after a raid of their Etchmiadzin homes unearthed large amounts of illegal arms and ammunition.

The arrests occurred amidst rival demonstrations in Etchmiadzin pitting opponents and supporters of the town mayor Karen Grigoryan (Manvel Grigoryan’s son) against one another.

MP Grigoryan, a retired army general and former Armenian deputy defense minister, was arrested and detained on suspicion of committing a crime under Article 235 (part 2) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia (Illegal acquisition and possession of firearms and ammunition by a group of persons).

Asatryan,  a reputed crime figure who some local news outlets allude to as behind the demonstrations against Grigoryan, was arrested and detained on suspicion of committing a crime under Article 235 (part 2) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia (Illegal acquisition and possession of firearms and ammunition by a group of persons)

Four other men, al Russian citizens, were arrested with Asatryan.

The NSS, in a written statement, said that Asatryan is also suspected of kidnapping three individuals who had allegedly plotted to assassinate him a few years ago.

Photo (from left): Manvel Grigoryan, Artur Asatryan


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