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Man serving life sentence for 1999 Armenia parliament tragedy dies at night


Eduard Grigoryan, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the tragedy that had occurred in the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia on October 27, 1999, has died.

 

He had a sharp pain around his heart at night. He was taken to hospital but died therein, said Gor Ghlechyan, Head of Public Relations at the Penitentiary Department of Armenia, APA reported citing news.am.

 

“Forensic medical examination will find out what exactly he died from,” Ghlechyan added.

 

A group of criminals broke into the NA Sessions’ Hall, on October 27, 1999, and shot and killed several government and parliament members.   

 

This terrorist act took the lives of Prime Minister and Supreme Commander Vazgen Sargsyan, NA Speaker Karen Demirchyan, Vice-Speakers Yuri Bakhshyan and Ruben Miroyan, Operational Affairs Minister Leonard Petrosyan, and MPs Armenak Armenakyan, Henrik Abrahamyan, and Mikayel Kotanyan.

 

The terrorists was tried from 2001 to 2003. As a result, six of them were sentenced to life imprisonment, whereas another one was handed down a fourteen-year prison term.

 

The court case, however, failed to expose the actual persons responsible for the tragedy, and, as a result, the Armenian society still has considerable doubts regarding the masterminds behind the terrorist act.

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