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Press reports that former foreign affairs minister, Alexander Arzumanyan, was released from custody yesterday evening. Mr. Arzumanyan had been detained on charges of money laundering and was being kept in the NSS building for several months. It is worth noting, that very recently a court extended his detention period on ground that if set free he would be able to influence the investigation, however Mr. Arzumanyan was released after the General Attorney’s Office concluded there was no need to keep him in custody.
This comes at a time, when talk of Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s participation in next year’s elections in steadily gathering pace. Mr. Arzumanyan was foreign minister in the first president’s cabinet and his release fits well with rumors of Mr. Ter-Petrosyan’s comeback being staged by the authorities.