Wednesday, 23 October

Yerevan Court Issues AMD 20 Million Bail for Gagik Tsarukyan's Bodyguard

A Yerevan court today issued AMD 20 million bail for Edward Babayan, a bodyguard for businessman MP Gagik Tsarukyan, who was arrested on July 8 on charges that he beat a man in the office of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Armenia.

According to a statement released by the Special Investigative Service, the man allegedly beaten by Babayan on July 2 was Vyacheslav Harutyunyan, whose son won a world boxing championship for Armenia in 2012.

Harutyunyan claims that Tsarukyan promised to arrange it so that his son, the boxer, would avoid military service in Armenia.

There had been a meeting of the Boxers Federation of Armenia at the NOC office on July 2, and Harutyunyan says he went there to remind Tsarukyan of his promise.

The SIS says a heated discussion ensued, during which Babayan severely beat Harutyunyan.

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