Armenian prosecutors said Friday they had completed investigation into the murder of Tigran Naghdalian, a former chief of state-run Public TV and Radio Council. Naghdalian was killed last December 28 evening when he was leaving the apartment of his parents in central Yerevan, Armenpress reported.
Armenian chief prosecutors’ office said lawyers for Armen Sarkisian, the arrested brother of opposition leader Aram Sarkisian, who is accused of commissioning Naghdalian’s murder, as well lawyers representing the interest of his family are getting familiarized with investigation files.
A lawyer for Armen Sarkisian Robert Grigorian said they may finish reading the files by the end of the month, but declined to say whether they may ask for additional investigation.
Armenian Public Television aired in late March excerpts from Armen Sarkisian’s videotaped interrogation showing Sarkisian saying that he paid one of his distant relatives, charged with organizing Naghdalian’s shooting, $75,000. The video footage was denied by Armen Sarkisian’s lawyers, who claimed it was edited. A total of 13 men were arrested on charges of being involved in the murder.
Aram Sarkisian and other opposition leaders denounced the arrest saying it was politically motivated and aimed at disrupting opposition.