“A group from Karabakh opened fire at demonstrators on 1 March 2008” — the Special Investigation Service of Armenia started working on this a year ago and is now interviewing a witness of this, that is, resident of Askeran Kamo Mnatsakanyan, who has a criminal record and is wanted. He was not a serviceman and wasn’t in Yerevan during the events that took place in March 2008, but he willingly testified about what he had “heard”. He is considered one of Samvel Babayan’s supporters, writes Pastinfo.am newspaper.
According to the source, Kamo, who is wanted, showed up at the Special Investigation Service as soon as he arrived in Yerevan. The Special Investigation Service interviewed him for two hours on July 7, 2018. The Service’s investigator wrote the testimony, without asking the witness any question.
According to the witness, during the events of March 1, 2008, he was serving in the army as a contractual soldier and left the army after the events. Citing what he had heard, Kamo Mnatsakanyan testified that 1,500 soldiers were transported from Karabakh to Yerevan under the direction of army general Oganovsky. Later, he recalled that they were given military uniforms in Karabakh and claimed that 20 of them were set aside to open fire at the people, while the remaining 1,500 were set aside to shoot in the air.