YEREVAN (Armradio)-The Armenian Prosecutor General Friday requested the dismissal of Armenian Deputy Prosecutor General Gagik Jhangiryan on grounds of violating an Armenian law barring prosecutors from becoming involved in politics. Jhangiryan publicly backed former President Levon Te-Petrosyan at an opposition demonstration in Yerevan Friday.
Jahangirian had long been critical of the handling of the investigation into the 27 October 1999 assassinations in the Armenian National Assembly as well as considered instrumental in falsifying the 1996 presidential election which secured Ter-Petrosyan a second and disputed term in office.
The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia applied to the President to dismiss him from his position and remove him from the system of prosecution, Sona Truzian, a spokeswoman for the office of the prosecutor-general said. Article 7 of the law states: "The Prosecutor cannot be member of any political party or get engaged into political activity otherwise. Under any circumstances the Prosecutor is obliged to show political restraint and neutrality."