Expert: The conscript who passed away in April 2016 was not in a psychological state that could lead to suicide12:18, March 22, 2018 | News, Own news | Right to Life, Rights of Soldiers/Recruits | Armed Forces
Hovh. Petrosyan, who passed away on April 25, 2016 in one of the military units in Ijevan, “did not have psychological characteristics that could essentially affect him to commit the alleged suicide,” concluded the expert who conducted the forensic psychological examination.
It should be indicated that Hovh. Petrosyan was found dead in the body of the car allocated to him. A criminal case was initiated under Article 110 of the RA Criminal Code (inciting sucide).
HCA Vanadzor Chairman Artur Sakunts and Arayik Zalyan and Ani Chatinyan, advocates at the Organization, undertook the defense of the rights of Hovh. Petrosyan’s legal successor.
According to the findings of the forensic psychological examination conducted from August 2, 2017 to January 16, 2018, Hovh. Petrosyan’s character and individual psychological traits could not have affected him to commit the alleged suicide. As stated by the expert, at the time of the incident Hovh. Petrosyan was not in a psychological state that could lead him to commit suicide.
The expert also ruled out the cause-and-effect relationship between the actions taken by Commander Vachagan Hayrapetyan and other fellow servicemen and Hovh. Petrosyan’s alleged suicide.
It should be recalled that on October 10, 2016, a few days after the face-to-face questioning with the deceased serviceman’s father, Company Commander Vachagan Hayrapetyan died in a car crash. The latter had information that was of significant importance for the case and had mentioned that fact in his testimony.
According to the findings of the forensic psychological examination, the expert did not assess unequivocally the possibility that the circumstances of failing to get accustomed to the specialization or receiving reprimands might have lead to suicide. According to him, “there are no psychological states, events, problems and circumstances that unequivocally lead to suicide.”