Death of Vahe Avetyan

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Death of Vahe Avetyan
Time 18:15 PM
Location Central military hospital, Yerevan
Cause Brain injury, coma
Burial July 2, 2012
Charges CC of RA, 6th and 14th points of 2nd section of 112th article, 1st and 3rd ponits of 2nd section of 113th article, 118th article[1]

Vahe Avetyan (August 2, 1979[2] – June 29, 2012) was an Armenian doctor, medical serviceman major of Armed Forces of Armenia, who died on June 29, 2012 in coma, from brain injury. His death received much publicity and media attention in Armenian societies. Avetyan went into coma after being beaten in the "Harsnakar" restaurant, which belongs to a member of Armenian parliament, at that time, Ruben Hayrapetyan.

Avetyan graduated from YSMU, he was otolaryngologist since 2004, served at central military hospital of Ministry of Defence.

Fight and background[edit]

In the evening of June 17, 2012 a group of doctors, Vahe Avetyan among them, visited restaurant, and Avetyan was in sport clothes. The quarrel occurred on about 11:00 PM between Avetyan and a waiter because of Vahe's clothing. The fighting began after hit of waiter,[3] and then medical servers Vahe Avetyan, Edgar Mikoyan, Arkadi Aghajanyan, Garik Soghomonyan and Artak Baiadyan were beaten by the employees and security.[4] Vahe Avetyan and Artak Baiadyan were moved to the hospital afterward.[5] On June 18, on around 3:00 AM Avetyan underwent brain surgery, and after one more skull surgery[6][7] he stayed in come until his death, June 29, approximate time of death was mentioned 6:15 AM.[8]

Before the attack and beating Avetyan with his friends got changed and then returned as it was required.[9]

Criminal case and public reaction[edit]

Firstly tha case was sent from the police to the investigation service of Defence Ministry.[10] Afterward, the case was transferred to the police investigation general bureau, and the police made an announcement on that.[11] A criminal prosecution was made by the 1st section of 112th article of the Armenian Criminal Code:[12]

"Infliction of willful bodily damage which is dangerous for life or caused loss of eye-sight, speech, hearing or any organ, loss of functions of the organ, or was manifested in irreversible ugliness on face, as well as caused other damage dangerous for life or caused disorder... is punished with imprisonment for the term of 3 to 7 years."[1]