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Armenian Prosecutor's Office 'Under Fire'

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  • Armenian Prosecutor's Office 'Under Fire'

    By Emil Danielyan

    Radio Liberty, Czech Republic
    Jan 31 2008

    Armenia's Office of the Prosecutor-General said on Thursday that an
    unknown gunman fired overnight at its headquarters in downtown Yerevan,
    in what it described as an attempt to "destabilize the situation"
    in the country.

    A spokesman for the law-enforcement agency, Sona Truzian, said the
    single gunshot was fired from a pistol and shattered the window of a
    third-floor room where Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovannisian and his
    top subordinates usually hold meetings. She said forensic experts
    examined the scene as part of a criminal inquiry launched by the
    agency's Special Investigative Unit.

    "The Prosecutor-General's Office will continue to coordinate the fight
    against crime within the framework of its duties in order to enforce
    laws and maintain public security," Truzian said in a statement.

    The prosecutors did not report any arrests as of Thursday evening.

    The incident occurred just hours after Hovsepian's limousine was
    hit by another car as it drove through central Yerevan. Speaking to
    RFE/RL on Wednesday, Truzian said the car driver was detained on the
    spot and found to be drunk.
    From: Baghdasarian