Valery Osipyan (on the right). Photo by Tigran Petrosyan for the "Caucasian Knot"

07 February 2019, 15:50

Head of Armenian Police against amnesty for "Sasna Tsrer" fighters

Valery Osipyan, the head of the Armenian Police, said that he had lost his friends during the actions of the "Sasna Tsrer" detachment in 2016, and, therefore, he cannot reconcile with them. His words have questioned the acquittal of members of the armed grouping, since, if the victims disagree, the amnesty cannot be applied to "Sasna Tsrer" fighters. The court decided to hold its sessions behind closed doors.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the majority of the members of the "Sasna Tsrer" armed detachment were released from custody after the change of power in Armenia.

On July 17-31, 2016, the "Sasna Tsrer" (Daredevils of Sassoun) detachment, formed by supporters of the "Constituent Parliament" Movement, captured and held the building of the police patrol-and-post service in Yerevan.

In 2016, Valery Osipyan was the Deputy Chief of the Yerevan Police and on the first day, along with other policemen, was captured by the rebels.

Members of the "Sasna Tsrer" detachment came under the amnesty, adopted by the Armenian parliament on November 1, 2018, despite the position of some MPs on this issue.

"I still haven't heard from 'Sasna Tsrer' fighter any compassion for the victims. Three persons died; and none has answered for that," Vardan Egiazaryan, who in 2016 was deputy head of the Armenian Police, has noted.

In his turn, Areg Kyuregyan, one of the defendants, has stated that they then had warned that the power in Armenia was usurped; and the police assisted in this.

The accusation is falling apart; therefore, the judge has made such a decision, said Gevorg Safaryan, a member of the "Sasna Tsrer" Party.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 7, 2019 at 06:55 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Armine Martirosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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