The Chairman of Armenian Helsinki Association Mikael Danielian is positive that despite the immediate assignment of the RA President Robert Kocharian to General Prosecutor Aghvan Hovsepian, those guilty in attacking him will never be found and punished. He announced this at a press-conference on April 23.
As it has been reported on March 30 Mikael Danielian was attacked by unknown people (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, March 26 – April 1, 2004). On April 1 he was visited at the hospital by the investigator of prosecutor’s office of Arabkir community, Yerevan, who informed Mr. Danielian about the institution of criminal proceedings, however, according to Mr. Danielian, he was not well enough at that stage to give testimony. The next visit of the investigator, this time with a forensic expert, to Mr. Danielian was only made on April 14 when he was recovering at home and the traces of the beating had already disappeared. The conversation with the investigator convinced the head of the Helsinki Association that the assignment of the President will not be carried out. In the opinion of Mikael Danielian, the authorities of Armenia, despite the appeals and addresses of the international human rights organizations are not interested to disclose the crimes committed both against him and against journalists on April 5 and 13.