Armenian political prisoner dies after 52-day hunger strike

  28 January 2019    Read: 2827
 Armenian political prisoner dies after 52-day hunger strike

A leader of a small political party in Armenia has died in prison after going on a hunger strike nearly two months ago, reports citing Armenian media.

The Armenian prison service said 51-year-old Mher Yegiazarian died early Saturday, 52 days after he started his hunger strike at the Nubarashen penitentiary in capital city Yerevan.

At around 6:15am, an ambulance was called to the prison because 51-year-old Yeghiazaryan’s health had sharply grew worse, the Public Relations Department of the Penitentiary Service told reporters. At around 6։35am, he was pronounced dead.

An investigation is underway on this incident. A forensic medical examination has been commissioned.

Yegiazarian was vice president of a political party formed last summer, the Armenian Eagles: United Armenia.

He was arrested Dec. 4 and charged with extorting sums of up to $10,000 that authorities alleged were used as bribes for obtaining employment or other services.

Yegiazarian denied the charges.

He went on the hunger strike the day after his arrest.

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