ARMENIAN DEPUTY MINISTER EXPLAINS WHY RECENT ARMY DEATHS CLASSIFIED AS SUICIDES

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10.17.2011 12:27

In a televised interview on Friday, RA Deputy Defense Minister,
Lieutenant-General Vladimir Gasparyan spoke of the recent string of
non-combat deaths in the army, most of which the ministry initially
claims are suicides.

"A criminal case is launched on those on the basis of those
characteristics which are seen immediately after the incident. If
they launched a criminal case for murder [but] then it turned out
it was a suicide, the same accusations would be heard that see, they
reduced [the charge of] murder, turned it into suicide. [A charge of]
suicide can be changed to murder during the investigation. Believe me,
the questions would be much tougher and the number of demonstrators
would be greater if a criminal case on murder grounds was launched
and then it became re-classified to suicide," he said.