Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) Director Artur Vanetsyan said Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had not told them that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov must be detained along the lines of the criminal case into what had occurred in capital city Yerevan, in March 2008.
In response to a reporter’s query on Tuesday, Vanetsyan noted that this was not said in his conversation with Special Investigation Service (SIS) Chief Sasun Khachatryan.
“The prime minister said that there can be no political obstacle for the legal process of the criminal case,” the NSS director noted. “This was the Prime Minister’s words.”
To a reporter’s remark that it is said—in the aforementioned conversation—that even though the PM had said that Khachaturov must be “locked up,” Vanetsyan continues to consider the respective grounds, he responded: “The Prime Minister didn’t say ‘lock [him] up.’ He said if there are grounds to detain them and bring to account, the persons involved in the criminal case must be subjected to accountability—regardless of their names, offices and position they hold.”
On March 1 and 2, 2008, the then authorities used force against the opposition members who were rallying in downtown Yerevan, and against the results of the recent presidential election. Eight demonstrators as well as two servicemen of the internal troops were killed in the clashes. But no one had been brought to account for these deaths, to this day.