Armenia: Ex-candidate held in shooting of rival

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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 6:00 PM

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's National Security Agency has accused a former presidential contender of being behind the shooting of another fringe candidate ahead of last month's election.

A spokesman for the agency, Artsvin Bagramian, said Wednesday that Vardan Sedrakian has been arrested. The Jan. 31 attack left Paruir Airikian wounded in the shoulder.

The attack threatened to cause the vote to be postponed, but it was held as planned and the incumbent president, Serge Sarkisian, won easily with nearly 59 percent of the vote.

Two other men accused in the attack were arrested last month. Sedrakian said at the time that he knew the men, whom he had hired to renovate his apartment.

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