YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The leader of the ARF parliamentary faction Aghvan Vardanian testified in the Oct. 27 trial on July 8. According to Vardanian–the murder of prime minister Vazgen Sargsian as well as the National Assembly leadership was deliberate. He singled out the actions of Karen Hunanian notable for great composure and his skills in handling weapons. According to the victim–after the terrorist act Nairi Hunanian contacted the ARF Bureau Representative Hrant Margarian by phone–probably for the purpose of getting a way out of the situation with the help of an influential organization’s representative. In Aghvan Vardanian’s conviction–it would be absurd to suppose that any normal man could help the group that committed a terrorist act undermining the foundations of statehood. Vardanian did not agree with the idea that the terrorism act was aimed against the "Unity" faction.
"The incident was aimed against our country–against our statehood," he concluded.