The non-combat deaths of four soldiers on the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline on November 19-20 are stoking fresh debate about the level of transparency and discipline within the Armenian army. The deaths raise to 15 the number soldiers who have died since July in violent incidents within the ranks.
Four conscripts, aged between 19 and 20 years old, reportedly were killed south of the frontline at around midnight on November 19-20 in what has been described as a scrap among soldiers. An additional four conscripts were wounded. The Ministry of Defense published the names of those killed and wounded in the incident, but no details have been released about it. The ministry, however, does report that it “is almost ruled out” that gunfire by Azerbaijan led to the bloodshed.
A main suspect, a conscript from the same army unit as the victims, is in custody in connection with the deaths, according to Ministry of Defense investigators. The individual, whose name has not been released, could get life imprisonment, or between eight to 15 years in prison, depending on the charges brought against him.
To read the full story
Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.