This is a picture of Levon Gulian, 31, with his children. He was killed on May 9, 2007 while being questioned by the police in the police headcourters in Yerevan. The police are accused of killing him and then throwing his body out of a second floor window. The official press release said that he had died while trying to escape from the second floor window. Levon Gulian was a witness who had gone to the police station by himself as a witness to provide details of a murder that had happened next to the restaurant where he was a general manager.
The Prosecutors' office has launched an investigation into Gulian's 'suicide'.
Only the naive doubt that there is police brutality in Armenia. It is an Armenian custom to beat the crap out of people to gain a confession. The cops have a duty to show a certain percentage of solved crimes and they have to reach that percentage or face dismissal. The easiest thing to do is to find a fall guy and torture him until he confesses. The courts then rubber stamp the police investigation and the poor guy is sent to jail - imprisoned but alive.
Uzogh says that no matter how much I use the term 'banana republic', it will not make Armenia a banana republic. If this is not what a banana republic means then I don't know what is.