Pashinyan opens doors to pol­i­tics for ter­ror­ists

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Re­lease of the ter­ror­ists of Sasna Ts­rer by the new Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties con­tin­ues to worry and out­rage the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal cir­cles.

Ear­lier, Press sec­re­tary of Sasna Ts­rer Varuzhan Avetisyan an­nounced the end of the armed strug­gle by the group and the be­gin­ning of po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, the cre­ation of the same party, which in­tends to par­tic­i­pate in the next ex­tra­or­di­nary elec­tions to the Na­tional Assem­bly of Ar­me­nia and be­come the lead­ing par­tic­i­pant in the po­lit­i­cal life of the coun­try.

Com­ment­ing upon this is­sue MP of the NA RPA fac­tion Hayk Babukhanyan said that, if ear­lier we talked about the danger of en­ter­ing a busi­ness into pol­i­tics, now there is a greater danger: the en­try of ter­ror­ism into pol­i­tics.

He went on to say that it is un­clear, on what ba­sis and what leg­is­la­tion, peo­ple who com­mit­ted on­slaught with the mur­der of three po­lice­men, were at lib­erty.

MP un­der­lined that in fact, what is hap­pen­ing today is a threat to state­hood.

Sasna Ts­rer is the group that in July 2016 stormed a po­lice sta­tion in Yere­van and held hostages for about two weeks, killing two po­lice of­fi­cers in the process. Then they sur­ren­dered to the au­thor­i­ties, came be­fore the court, and re­ceived long sen­tences.

The process of re­view­ing the cases of the ac­cused be­gan af­ter Nikol Pashinyan was elected Prime Min­is­ter of Ar­me­nia, who stated that there should be no po­lit­i­cal prison­ers in the coun­try, fo­cus­ing on the Sasna Ts­rer.

On Au­gust 17 of the cur­rent year, the court ruled to sat­isfy the me­di­a­tion of the de­fense about chang­ing the mea­sure of re­straint and re­lease of leader of the armed group Sasna Ts­rer Varuzhan Avetisyan, choos­ing as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure the re­lease un­der the guar­an­tee of the lawyer.

How­ever, the trans­for­ma­tion of ter­ror­ist groups into po­lit­i­cal par­ties is not a unique phe­nom­e­non, but there is no cer­tainty that the Sasna Ts­rer mil­i­tants ac­tu­ally de­cided to aban­don the armed strug­gle.

Ter­ror­ists rarely suc­ceed in pub­lic poli­cies. They re­turn to their “pro­fes­sion” as soon as pos­si­ble. And in Ar­me­nia, with its grow­ing so­cial prob­lems, such out­come will not be long in com­ing.

Today fas­cists are hon­ored in Ar­me­nia. For ex­am­ple, ter­ror­ist Gare­gin Ter-Haru­tyun­yan - fas­cist gen­eral Nzhdeh, who laid the foun­da­tion of the Ar­me­nian puni­tive le­gion of the Wehrma­cht. Streets and squares are named af­ter him and other ter­ror­ists and it is a kind of re­minder that the spirit of fas­cism is not de­feated, it is is alive and has found haven in Ar­me­nia.

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