“At one time Babayan, together with Tsarukyan’s other bodyguards, had beaten people, and, during the 2008 presidential elections, beaten electoral precinct commission member, [opposition Armenian National Congress] ANC representative Larisa Torosyan, and taken her with handcuffs to Abovyan [city’s] landfill and thrown her there. Torosyan acquired an illness after the incident.
To what extent are these rumors are true? To this question by Zhoghovurd, Eduard Babayan responded:
‘It’s a lie. No one called me anywhere. In general, I have no connection with any beating. I don’t understand what this is about. Had there been such thing, I would have been arrested. It’s all a lie,’” Zhoghovurd writes.