Investigation into ‘Suicide’ Case Reopened

YEREVAN (A.W)—The Prosecutor General’s office decided to reopen the investigation into Maro Guloyan’s death. The decision came nine days after Lusine Minasyan, the lawyer representing Maro’s father Roman, appealed with the Prosecutor General to allow for the investigation to continue.

“The family is surely very happy with this decision, but they are still not satisfied since the real events are not discovered yet and the possible perpetrators are not punished,” Minasyan told the Weekly.

Lawyer Lusine Minasyan addresses members of the media in front of the Kotayk General Court on June 27 (Photo courtesy of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women)
Lawyer Lusine Minasyan addresses members of the media in front of the Kotayk General Court on June 27 (Photo courtesy of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women)

Maro, whose death in July 2012 was declared suicide, was in an abusive marriage, say her parents. They believe she was killed. They are also concerned that her husband, Gevorg Guloyans familial ties might be compromising the investigation.

Although relieved that previously ignored evidence will now get reviewed, the lawyer and activists from the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women continue to be skeptical about whether the investigation will be conducted objectively. Minasyan has asked for the case to be transferred from Apovyan to Yerevan.

According to activists, Maro’s husband Gevorg is related to the powerful Guloyan family in Apovyan. The city’s mayor is Garabed Guloyan, the son-in-law of the leader of the Prosperous Armenia Party, Gagik Tsaroukyan. The mayor’s father is Parliamentarian Murat Guloyan.

At the time of her death, Maro was four-months pregnant. She left behind a two-year-old daughter.

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Nanore Barsoumian

Nanore Barsoumian was the editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2014 to 2016. She served as assistant editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2010 to 2014. Her writings focus on human rights, politics, poverty, and environmental and gender issues. She has reported from Armenia, Nagorno-Karabagh, Javakhk and Turkey. She earned her B.A. degree in Political Science and English and her M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts (Boston).
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  1. I have shown the photo that has been made after Maros death to a foreign surgeon. For him it was absolutely clear that the wound at the throat was in no case coming from suicide.

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