YEREVAN (A.W.)—On April 2, Hrach Mouradyan, the mayor of the village of Broshyan, was found dead, killed by a shot to the head. Mouradyan was a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), and was serving his third term as mayor of Broshyan, a village in the Kotayk Province. Mouradyan was 50 years old, and had been mayor since 2005. The police have launched an investigation.
The Supreme Body of the ARF in Armenia released a statement calling the incident a “premeditated murder,” adding that the crime was the result of an atmosphere of impunity and intolerance.
Mouradyan was a dedicated member of the ARF. He had fought in the Karabagh War and was awarded numerous medals for his service. Although liked by most residents of Broshyan, Mouradyan was also despised by a few. “The numerous threats and intimidation directed at him finally led to this end,” read a statement issued by the ARF. “We note with pain that in our country the safety of citizens is not guaranteed; criminal acts constitute an inseparable part of our life. The treacherous bullet that snatched the life of Hrach Mouradyan was directed not only at a noble Armenian and the compassionate leader of a community, but also at the Armenian republic and its integrity.”
The ARF demanded that the investigation proceed in a speedy manner, and that the perpetrator(s) be punished to the fullest extent of the law.