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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Nikol Pashinyan: Let authorities run into a brick wall by blaming  opposition for trying to earn dividends on Arthur Sargsyan`s death 

Nikol Pashinyan: Let authorities run into a brick wall by blaming  opposition for trying to earn dividends on Arthur Sargsyan`s death 

ArmInfo. Vice Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov is a representative of the regime that killed "Food Bringer" Arthur Sargsyan, representative of the Yelq bloc, Armenian lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan said at a press  conference in Yerevan on March 17, when responding to Sharmazanov's  statement that the opposition is trying to use Sargsyan's death to  get additional dividends in the run-up to the parliamentary  elections.  

To remind, Arthur Sargsyan, the man who delivered food in summer 2016  to the Sasna Tsrer (Daredevils of Sassoon) group occupying a police  compound in Yerevan, died on March 16 ten days after being released  from prison following a 25-day hunger strike. He passed away at  Armenia Medical Center in Yerevan, where he underwent bowel surgery  the previous night. According to the head of the intensive care unit  of the hospital, "acute heart and lung failure" was the likely cause  of Sargsyan's death. To recall, in July 2016 Sargsyan drove his car  through a police cordon to deliver food to the armed members of Sasna  Tsrer group during their two-week standoff with security forces. He  surrendered to them on July 31 along with the remaining group members  holed up in the compound. Sargsyan was arrested and charged with  aiding the Sasna Tsrer group. Armenia's Special Investigative Service  agreed on December 31 to free him pending trial due to his  deteriorating health condition. The suspect suffered from several  chronic diseases. The Special Investigative Service (SIS) again  detained him on February 9, saying that he ignored a summons from SIS  officials investigating the standoff which left three police officers  dead. Sargsyan went on a hunger strike in protest against his  detention. The Office of the Prosecutor-General ordered Sargsyan's  release only after opposition parliamentarians posted bail for him on  March 6. He was transported from a prison hospital to the Armenia  Medical Center, from which he was discharged several days later.   "Let Mr. Sharmazanov specify the addressees of his statement, then I  will respond to him. Such allegations are simply irrelevant, because  since the very first days of Sargsyan's detention we have been  fighting for sooner and immediate release," Pashinyan said. He  stressed that if Sargsyan had been released on Feb 13 - the day when  they filed their first request to the Armenian Prosecutor General's  Office - Sargsyan would be alive today.  

At the same time, Pashinyan noted that the authorities are the  authors or co-authors of everything bad happening in Armenia. "Let  both Sharmazanovs and Serzh Sargsyans run into a brick wall by  blaming us for trying to earn dividends on Arthur Sargsyan's death,"  Pashinyan said.  

To note, after Sargsyan's death Eduard Sharmazanov made a statement,  saying that in the run-up to the parliamentary elections the  opposition is trying to earn dividends on the death of the "Food  Bringer".

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