ArmInfo.Armenian society is not ready to see Nairi Hunanyan at large. On October 23, MP from the Bright Armenia party Taron Simonyan said this speaking about Hunanyan's petition for parole.
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Simonyan also noted that if Hunanyan has information on the events of October 27, 1999, then he should publish it. On October 27, 1999, a group of terrorists burst into parliament and shot and killed Prime Minister of Armenia Vazgen Sargsyan, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Karen Demirchyan, Vice-Speakers of Yuri Bakhshyan and Ruben Miroyan, Minister of Operational Affairs Leonard Petrosyan and MPs Armenak Armenakyan, Mikayel Kotanyan, Henrikh Abrahamyan. The terrorist group included former journalist Nairi Hunanyan, who worked for some time on television in Armenia, his brother Karen Hunanyan, their uncle Vram Galstyan, as well as Derenik Bejanyan and Ashot Knyazyan. Their trial began on February 15, 2001. On December 2, 2003, the Center-Nork-Marash trial court sentenced the Nairi and Karen Hunanyan brothers, Edik Grigoryan, Vram Galstyan (in 2004, according to the official version, committed suicide), Derenik Bejanyan and Ashot Knyazyan to life conclusion. Hamlet Stepanyan was sentenced to 14 years in prison (in May 2010, his body was found in his bed at the Nubarashen detention center). All seven were found guilty of treason and terrorism. According to the legislation of the Republic of Armenia, after 20 years of serving a sentence, a person sentenced to life imprisonment can send such a request. The relevant application for Nairi Hunanyan's early release is pending.