New Statement of Advocates on the Criminal Case and the Arrest of Andreas Ghukasyan
28.10.2016
12:00
On October 28, a press conference about the procedure and detention of Andreas Ghukasyan was held at Media Center.

Andreas Ghukasyan is accused of organizing mass disturbances in Sari Tagh in July of 2016 by Article 225, Part 1 of the Criminal Code.

Karen Mejlumyan, Andreas Ghukasyan’s Advocate, said that it had already been 3 months that the criminal investigation was underway and the preliminary investigation body already possessed the sufficient proofs to terminate the criminal proceedings against Andrias Ghukasyan, and Armen Martirosyan, David Sanasaryan, and the other defendants.

“We consider that this case should be sent to the Special Investigation Service, as it became obvious what happened, and if according to the preliminary investigation body it is a mass disturbance, it was carried out by the police in cooperation with the police provocateurs. We presented evidence to the investigative body in details, also all the events, including the Liberty Square rally and the march to Sari Tagh, were live streamed,” Mejlumyan said.

He emphasizes that they have taken all the videos down the shorthand and the links to websites were sent to the Attorney General, requesting to terminate those criminal proceedings. "It is apparent that Andreas Ghukasyan and other defendants made no calls, no actions, nothing relating mass disturbances."

Inessa Petrosyan, Andreas Ghukasyan’s another defender, said that on the basis of "fabricated evidence" of illegal police officers, unfounded accusations was charged.

“And anyway, Andreas Ghukasyan is kept in detention for nearly 3 months. Our defender has long been a candidate to be released. It becomes apparent that there is a clear prosecution against Andrias Ghukasyan in connection with his political views,'' Petrosyan said.  

Andreas Ghukasyan's wife, architect Anahit Tarkhanyan, said that it was surprising and unacceptable that a presidential candidate could be arrested and kept in prison, the motions were denied.

“All politicians spoke and signed in favor of Andreas, and guaranteed that if the measure of restraint changed, he would not hinder as he is a proper person. A large electoral group is behind every deputy, there are thousands of people, not thousands, but tens of thousands of people who guaranteed for Andreas," Tarkhanyan added.

Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to lilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

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