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Mastermind behind 1999 attack on Armenian Parliament applies for parole

Nairi Hunanyan, the man who led the terror attack on the Armenian parliament on October 27, 1999 and who has been serving a life-sentence since being convicted in 2003, has applied for parole, Arpenpress quotes Department of Corrections spokesperson Nona Navikyan as saying.

Hunanyan’s application requesting early release is being processed, she said. “That’s all I can say at this moment,” Navikyan said.

On October 27, 1999 five armed gunmen led by Hunanyan stormed into the parliament, while it was holding a session and assassinated Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Speaker Karen Demirchyan, Deputy Speakers Yuri Bakhshyan and Ruben Miroyan, as well as three lawmakers and a Cabinet member. The gunmen held the remaining MPs in parliament hostage until surrendering to authorities the next day.

The five perpetrators, which include Hunanyan’s younger brother and uncle, were sentenced to life in prison in 2003.

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