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.