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Larisa Paremuzyan

Metal Prince Ltd. Delays Wages; Ten Workers Walk Off in Protest

Despite the fact that Hetq sources at the Akhtala Mine Enrichment Plant state that Metal Prince Ltd., the plant owners, recently received $800,000 in lieu of purchases, workers have been waiting 21 days for their wages.

The delay is affecting the plant’s 600 employees.

Our sources claim that the delay was based on the decision of the current Metal Prince executive director Madeline Tashjian, who readers will recall is the wife of Serob Der-Boghossian.

Serob Der-Boghossian handed over the reins of the company to his wife before being sentenced, on November 17, 2011, to 15 years after being found guilty of having sex with minors against their will.

Hetq sources also stated that ten miners have left in protest.

Last week company deputy director Orbeli Tarminyan assured Hetq that the wages would be paid on May 3. This never happened.

Akhtala Mayor Haykaz Khachikyan told Hetq that several workers had recently contacted him about the wage delay and that Madeline Tashjian never answered his phone calls.

Mayor Khachikyan added that Metal Prince hasn’t paid its first quarter property tax of 300,020 AMD.

Our sources believe that Madeline Tashjian is accululating the company’s revenues in order to free her husband from jail.