Activist Gevorg Safaryan (right) and his advocate Tigran Airapetyan. Photo by Tigran Petrosyan for the Caucasian Knot.

09 December 2017, 05:33

Court leaves Gevorg Safaryan under arrest

Activist Gevorg Safaryan, a supporter of the "Constituent Parliament", accused in the case against Zhirair Sefilyan, the leader of the opposition movement "100th Anniversary without Regime", will remain under arrest by the court decision. Gevorg Safaryan accused the authorities of the prosecution for political reasons.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Gevorg Safaryan was sentenced to two years of imprisonment on the charge of using violence against a policeman. Besides, Gevorg Safaryan is involved as a defendant in the case against Zhirair Sefilyan, the leader of the opposition movement "100th Anniversary without Regime".

At the court hearing held on December 8, prosecutor Hayk Petrosyan filed a motion to the court to leave Gevorg Safaryan under arrest after the expiry of the sentence.

In response, Gevorg Safaryan accused the Armenian authorities of the prosecution for political reasons. "The order for arrest has been issued by the presidential administration. The decision has already been made, and the court can only fulfil the assignment given to them," said Gevorg Safaryan. He has also added that he is leaving the courtroom in protest.

Judge Tatevik Grigoryan has applied a sanction against him and removed him from the trial for four hours.

The defence filed a motion to postpone the court hearing. However, the judge refused to grant the defence motion and pronounced the decision to leave Gevorg Safaryan under arrest until the completion of the trial.

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

Author: Tigran Petrosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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