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azg: PROSECUTORS PUBLICIZE BOJOLIAN’S PRE-TRAIL TESTIMONY

A local court in Yerevan continues hearing of a case that involves Murad Bojolian, a former head of Turkish Division at Armenian foreign ministry, who is standing trial on charges of spying for Turkey and high treason. Prosecutors made public on Thursday Bojolian’s pre-trial testimonies, which had been rejected by him just at the first court session. According to pre-trial testimonies, Bojolian had been offered several times to collaborate with Turkish special services, but he turned all the proposals down. But during his recurrent visit to Turkey in 2000 May for a search of a job there (he was staying at his cousin’s home) the cousin, Murad Isler, hinted that there were people who would pay him if he stayed in Armenia to provide them with economy, military and politics-related information.

Bojolian then had said in his testimonies that his first meeting with two agents of Turkish special service MIT, Tulunay and Nusret, was in 2000 July. He claimed that it was at that time when he began suspecting that the two men were MIT agents and had rejected their offer. Bojolian explained that he had agreed to provide them with information, but not, as he claimed, military information. He explained that by his dire financial situation.

The first meeting brought him $500, though he demanded several times more. His next five meetings with these people took place between 2000 September and 2001 October. He received a total $3,250. According to his pre-trial testimonies, he had also met with a Gurci, the superior of the two agents and also with another man called Gulay.

Bojolian said that he had been providing information, collected from Armenian newspapers. This, he said, made the agents disappointed and they handed him over a list of military facilities they were interested in, namely, the location of military units, airports, air-defense forces, laser weapons, information about the banned PKK Kurdish party.

Part of the money he had received from MIT, Bojolian had spent in a bid to be engaged in retail trade. In 2001 October when he again visited Turkey, the agents showed their dissatisfaction because he had taken with him information that was published in newspapers.

According to his pre-trial testimony, the impression is that he was trying to earn money be deceiving MIT agents. At the end he repeated that his pre-trial testimony was not true. He claimed he had concocted them for fear that his family members would persecuted.

By Aghavni Harutunian

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