Court hearing in the case on the Avetisyan massacre in Gyumri. Photo:

07 March 2017, 19:26

Defence states court’s reluctance to consider complaint of Avetisyans’ relatives

The successors of the Avetisyan family have repeatedly sent a complaint to the Court of Cassation demanding a new trial in the case on the family massacre in Gyumri. Their advocate Aramazd Kiviryan has stated that the court refuses to consider the successors’ complaint for far-fetched reasons.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in January 2017, the successors of the Avetisyan family lodged a complaint to the Court of Cassation demanding to retry the murder case of the family in Gyumri at the first instance court, and stating its intention to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in case of rejection of the complaint. However, the Court of Cassation has returned the complaint.

On August 23, Valery Permyakov, a soldier of the 102nd Russian military base stationed in Gyumri, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of seven members of the Avetisyan family. The injured party demands a new examination of the case, arguing that the motives for the crime had not been established; and Permyakov could not act alone.

Aramazd Kiviryan is sure that the Court of Cassation will once again return the successors’ complaint. "Both at the first instance court, and at the court of appeal, it became clear that Armenia would not file a civil suit against Russia on the Permyakov’s case regarding intangible damage. The Cassation   Court will now uphold this position," said the advocate.

In his opinion, "during the inquiry into Permyakov's case, they closed the eyes on Russia's actual inaction."

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Armine Martirosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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