Armenia: Former Presidential Candidate Gets 14 Years for Alleged Murder Conspiracy
One of Armenia's stranger political dramas reached a concluding chapter on September 23 with the sentencing of former presidential candidate Vartan Sedrakian to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of fellow former candidate Paruyr Hayrikian.
The storyline might almost fit one of the Armenian epic poems in which Sedrakian is a self-described expert. Hayrikian, a Soviet-era dissident, was shot and wounded on a Yerevan street on January 31, a few weeks before the February 18 presidential election. After considerable vacillation by Hayrikian, the election was not delayed, but speculation over the shooting simmered on.
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