YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Henrik Muradian–the driver and assistant of the late commander-in-chief of internal troops–major-general Artsrun Margarian–continued his testimony at the court hearing of the case of Major of Medical Service–Internal Troops of Armenia–Hrant Papikian–December 8.
Muradian described the general as a simple–honest and patriotic person–while a number of other witnesses in the case said he was shy and reserved. Muradian said he did not believe the story offered by the general’s body-guards that Margarian tried to kill them. When the driver and others arrived at the scene–they did not search for the general–because they did not suspect that "anything bad" had occurred. The witness denied claims that he demanded the general’s body-guards–Arsen and Armen Khachatrian–to conceal the incident by claiming that they were calling for help not as a result of the general’s attack but because of a car accident.
Margarian’s private secretary–Siran’sh Poghossian confirmed that two months before his death the general handed her an envelope addressed to Head Physician of hospital No. 1 Artavazad Sahakian. The general instructed her to hand the letter to the physician if anything happened to him. After Margarian’s death Poghossian handed the letter to Sahakian–who–according to the witness–was expecting it. She said that Sahakian advised her to forget about the letter. The witness had no further information about the letter. Margarian’s letter addressed to Vazgen Sargsyan–stated that there was an imminent danger from "certain traitors" threatening the then-defense minister. Poghossian–who did not try to read the letter–conducted her own investigation after the general’s death. According to the materials of the case–she "summoned" body-guard Arsen Khachatrian’s doctor and asked him if the body-guard was able to kill a man.
Reporting that the relations between Margarian and Papikian were official–but the two were not friends–the witness pointed out that Margarian could not trust the unreliable Papikian. The prosecutor then asked her–"how could Artsrun Margarian lend $30,000 to an unreliable person–or is it possible that you did not know about their close relations?" Poghossian said in an arrogant tone–"it [a close relationship] is ruled out". She testified that on the day of the incident Margarian spoke to her for over an hour in the rest room–as she was hurt that the general did not allow her to go to a training.
Journalists in the courtroom appeared amused after her last statement–and Judge Levon Grigorian–as if trying to find a reason for getting rid of the journalists–ordered them to leave the courtroom.