Families of nine of the 10 men who died in Armenia’s post-election violence in 2008 are suing to force the country’s General Prosecutor’s Office to take a more active interest in investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
The parents of those killed argue that the General Prosecutor’s Office is not investigating what actually happened during the clashes, and how the nine men – eight civilians and one soldier -- were killed. No criminal case has yet been filed in connection with the deaths. [For background see EurasiaNet archive].
Families of the deceased have also petitioned the court for “fair compensation” for their relatives’ deaths; many of the nine men were their families’ sole source of financial support, they argue. The family of the 10th victim, 30-year-old police Captain Hamlet Tadevosian, did not join the lawsuit.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow who is based in Yerevan.