20:39 | June 6, 2018
As to why the demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Garegin II and new elections to replace him, Reverend Father Armen Melkonyan from Holland, who was stripped of his duties as a parish priest, told reporters that immediate reforms are need in the Armenian Apostolic Church but that many clergymen are afraid they’d be defrocked if they raised their voices.
18:20 | June 6, 2018
Sefilyan told reporters covering the trial that all political prisoners in Armenia would be freed in a matter of days, and that those unjustly convicted by the courts would also be freed in time.
18:38 | May 11, 2018
While the date as to when Armenia’s Court of Appeals will review the case of Jirayr Sefilyan, sentenced on March 20 of this year to ten years and five months on charges of preparing to foment public disorder, illegal arms possession, and conspiracy to seize government buildings, is not yet known, we do know that Judge Rouzanna Barseghyan will preside and will be assisted by judges Mkhitar Papoyan and Manoushak Petrosyan.
20:49 | April 21, 2018
Parents of 23-year-old Tigran Mazmanyan, a protest activist arrested on April 17, are former freedom fighters. His mother, Arpineh Harutyunyan, and father, Mher Mazmanyan, participated in the Artsakh War.
13:52 | April 20, 2018
Police are now detaining protesters near Brusov University and are taking them to the Erebuni Police Station where they will be processed for administrative code violations. Twenty-two citizens, one a minor, were taken to the station.
18:23 | March 21, 2018
"Colonizers do their best to make people leave Armenia and economically weaken our country. But no one will hand our independence to us – we should liberate our homeland and our people."
16:35 | March 20, 2018
Many people who wished to enter the court as spectators never made it inside. Court officers demanded that people produce identity papers so that they could see if their names appeared on a list of banned individuals the court had drawn up.
18:55 | December 15, 2017
Poghosyan also mockingly congratulated Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, given that those Armenian freedom fighters who had “spread fear and terror” for Azerbaijan were now being held in Armenian jails.
19:05 | November 3, 2017
Sefilyan and the six other defendants have been charged with illegally purchasing arms, ostensibly to be used to seize government buildings. The charges were brought last year, and many believe the entire case is politically motivated; that the government merely wants to silence this vocal group of political opponents of the regime.
18:03 | October 20, 2017
At today’s trial session, he told the court he wasn’t feeling well, and his attorney Arayik Papikyan asked for a postponement. Judge Tatevik Grigoryan refused, saying that all the defendants are examined beforehand and the court is notified if anything’s wrong.
00:21 | September 23, 2017
On that day, a small group of demonstrators led by Shant Harutyunyan set off fireworks and made their way from Liberty Square to the Presidential Palace before being stopped by police.
19:12 | September 15, 2017
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), on September 14, issued a decision in favor of Alik Matevosyan, a former soldier serving in the Armenian army, who had been indicted of murdering another soldier, and imprisoned.
18:51 | September 8, 2017
The ongoing trial, in Yerevan, of Jirayr Sefilyan and six others charged in 2016 with illegal arms purchase and possession and with conspiracy to seize government buildings in Yerevan remains a scene of contention both inside the court and outside.
21:00 | June 30, 2017
The trial of Jirayr Sefilyan and six others charged in 2016 with illegal arms purchase and possession and with conspiracy to seize government buildings in Yerevan is going nowhere fast.
19:33 | June 27, 2017
Jirayr Sefilyan and co-defendant Nerses Poghosyan, charged with fomenting public disorder and possession of illegal weapons, failed to heed the bailiff’s demand to rise as Judge Tatevik Grigoryan entered a Yerevan court in the latest round of their court case.
13:30 | June 10, 2017
Georgian citizen Nona Toloriana has telephoned Hetq, concerned about the health of her brother Zviad Toloriani who’s been imprisoned in Armenia’s Nubarashen Penitentiary since November 2015 after being convicted for attempted robbery.
11:38 | June 10, 2017
19-year-old Artur Melikyan, who’s serving a nearly four-year sentence for embezzlement at Armenia’s Armavir Penitentiary, swallowed three small spoons on May 24, ostensibly to get prison officials to transfer him to another facility.
15:39 | June 2, 2017
Armen Lamparyan hasn’t see his mother for ten months. Officials had banned any visits by relatives. The ban was recently lifted, and it was expected that Lamparyan’s mother would be admitted to the convicts’ hospital where her son is awaiting trial.
19:26 | April 4, 2017
According to the country’s penal law, prisoners who fall ill while incarcerated are eligible for conditional release if their medical condition is such that cannot continue to serve their sentence normally.
15:40 | March 18, 2017
Tigran Yegoryan, attorney for the family of Artur Sargsyan (the ‘bringer of bread’) says he has asked that the autopsy of Sargsyan, who died in a Yerevan hospital on March 16, be delayed a few days so that independent outside specialists can take part.
17:15 | March 16, 2017
Artur Sargsyan, nicknamed the “bringer of bread” for taking food to members of the armed Sasna Dzrer group who seized a Yerevan police building last July, died today while being treated at the Armenia Medical Center.
12:07 | March 7, 2017
Minutes ago, Souren Makaryan, who heads the intensive care unit at Yerevan’s Armenia Medical Center, told Hetq that Artur Sargsyan has been transferred from the unit to a general ward since his condition has considerably improved.
14:10 | March 1, 2017
Artur Sargsyan, the man who ferried food to members of the armed Sasna Dzrer group holed up in a Yerevan police station after having seized it last July, is now into his twentieth day of a hunger strike at the Convicts’ Hospital.
13:31 | February 13, 2017
Arsen Sargsyan, the brother of Artur Sargsyan, who was arrested last August for taking food to members of the armed Sasna Dzrer group holed up in a Yerevan police station after seizing it last July, has been reported as missing for the last two days by his mother.
17:17 | February 9, 2017
Artur Sargsyan, who was arrested last August and released in December for taking food to members of the armed Sasna Dzrer group holed up in a Yerevan police station after seizing it in July, has been detained and taken to the office of the Special Investigative Service (SIS).
18:03 | October 15, 2016
Vahagn Maroukyan was imprisoned in 1993, at the age of 19, after being sentenced to death for the premeditated murder of the then military police chief in the town of Vanadzor. In 2003 the sentence was commuted to life by the president of Armenia.
23:50 | September 19, 2016
A Yerevan judge today extended the pre-trial detention of Garo Yegnukian, a member of the opposition Founding Parliament who has already spent two months in detention on charges of aiding and abetting in the July seizure of a Yerevan police station and the taking of hostages, by another two months.A Yerevan judge today extended the pre-trial detention of Garo Yegnukian, a member of the opposition Founding Parliament who has already spent two months in detention on charges of aiding and abetting in the July seizure of a Yerevan police station and the taking of hostages, by another two months. Yegnukian’s lawyer, Tigran Hayrapetyan, told Hetq that the state investigator in the case told the court on several occasions that no incriminating evidence against Yegnukian had been presented due to pre- investigation “secrecy”. Hayrapetyan described the statement as ludicrous. It turns out that during the two months of Yegnukian’s detention no such investigation has even been carried out. Hayrapetyan, a father of five, told his lawyer that he still hopes that one day common sense would win out and that a fair trial would be possible in Armenia. Yegnukian said that he was being persecuted for his political beliefs and was ready to face the challenge.
18:00 | September 6, 2016
Every year, the Center dedicates its activities to a prominent Armenian cultural figure. This year it was the turn of the 18th century Armenian poet, musician and ashough Sayat Nova.
14:05 | September 5, 2016
Arsen, Artur Sargsyan’s brother, says some 70 pieces have already been sold. The money was supposed to go towards paying Artur’s bail, but a court denied bail, keeping Artur in pre-trial detention.
18:04 | August 27, 2016
While Melkonian was dismissed as a visiting parish priest for the small but growing Armenian community in Maastricht, he hasn’t been defrocked because he is a member of the Cilician See brotherhood.
13:23 | August 26, 2016
Armenia’s Court of Appeals today rejected a petition to release Artur Sargsyan, charged with aiding and abetting the Sasna Dzrer group that seized a Yerevan police building on July 17, from pre-trial detention. Sargsyan, on July 26 managed to get through a police cordon and deliver food to the armed group members holed up in the police building.
13:45 | August 19, 2016
An Armenian Apostolic clergyman, who has been dismissed as an Etchmiadzin parish priest in the Dutch city of Maastricht for speaking at demonstration outside the Armenian Embassy in Amsterdam in solidarity with the SasnaDzrer armed group that seized a Yerevan police building in July, has now issued a video-appeal calling on judges not to “sell their conscience” and to find the jailed members of the group not guilty.
13:39 | August 5, 2016
Nvard Bilyan, the mother of two sons who took part in the armed seizure of a Yerevan police station on July 17, telephoned Hetq to say that police showed up at her house and detained her as she was preparing to take clothes to her sons Areg and Sergey Kyureghian.
16:07 | July 31, 2016
A Yerevan court today handed down a three-month pre-trial detention order for Pavel Manukyan, one of the Sasna Dzrer members who seized a police building in Yerevan on July 17 and continue to occupy it.
18:25 | July 20, 2016
Lawyer Tigran Hayrapetyan, who recently visited Yeghnukyan, says when his client asked why he was being held, his captors merely said that he had supported the Sasna Dzrer group during the past two days and had been in telephone contact with them.
17:54 | July 20, 2016
Yerevan police prohibited the wife of arrested opposition activist Jirayr Sefilian from visiting him in jail today where he’s awaiting trial on illegal arms trafficking and possession.
14:52 | May 24, 2016
Mrs. Svetlana Khalapyan and her two sons have only been in Arzni, a village in Armenia’s Kotayk Province, for a month. But they started working the small plot the second day after arriving from Artsakh. Afterwards, they purchased some piglets and chickens.
10:40 | April 20, 2016
Today, the offices of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union in Armenia organized a roundtable discussion on the issue of prison overcrowding and recommendations made by the CoE to address the situation.
00:23 | January 20, 2016
Investigations are still continuing regarding the use of force by police against protestors who demonstrated on June 23 of last year on Yerevan’s Baghramyan Avenue against electricity rate hikes.
14:23 | January 8, 2016
Tsolak Poghosyan, now in his thirteenth year behind bars in Armenia, recently sent a letter to Investigative Journalists NGO President Edik Baghdasaryan, asking for assistance in getting his criminal case reviewed.
15:07 | December 17, 2015
An Armenian court yesterday partially ruled in favor of Tigran Sargsyan, a former prime minister of Armenia now serving as the country’s ambassador to the U.S., in a slander suit he filed against businessman Paylak Hayrapetyan and the Shamshyan.com news site.
11:12 | December 15, 2015
Attempting to verify the news, Hetq contacted the Department of Corrections at the Ministry of Justice and we were told that 28 petitions had been received by inmates regarding a declaration of the hunger strike. (It seems that in Armenia, prison officials must be informed in advance of any hunger strike)
13:45 | December 7, 2015
Yerevan resident Zarouhie Mouradyan told Hetq that it took her 30 minutes and raising a bit of a stink to convince local election officials to file an official report when she found that others had voted in her stead at yesterday’s constitutional change referendum.
16:37 | November 30, 2015
Armenia’s Criminal Appeals Court today let stand a September 15 decision by a lower court sentencing Hayk Kyureghyan to nine years behind bars for firing an air pistol in the direction of police on July 12, 2014.
10:45 | November 24, 2015
Fifty inmates serving life sentences at Armenia’s Noubarashen Correctional Facility have resumed their hunger strike after not hearing a response to their demands from the ministry of justice.
20:50 | November 9, 2015
Soghomon Kocharyan, the Artsakh War vet released after serving 21 years of a life sentence for murder on health reasons on October 22 and who passed away yesterday will be buried at the Yerablour Military Memorial Cemetery outside Yerevan this Wednesday.
12:26 | November 8, 2015
Soghomon Kocharyan, released for health reasons on October 22 after serving 20 years in prison, succumbed to a number of illnesses and passed away last night in a Yerevan hospital.
13:27 | November 6, 2015
Concluding a Freedom of Information suit dating back seven months, on October 30 Armenia’s Administrative Court finally declared the case closed when Judge Liana Hakobyan (photo) found that the Police had turned over the information, in court, that had been requested by Hetq for an investigative piece it was writing.
18:43 | November 4, 2015
Armenia’s Gegharkounik Provincial Court yesterday issued a decision verifying that two children who moved to Armenia from Mongolia four years ago were the biological offspring of Hrahat Yeritsyan.
17:50 | October 29, 2015
Hetq’s investigation has revealed, however, that EU program assistance information is practically inaccessible to the Armenian public. There is little transparency on the matter.
18:26 | October 22, 2015
Hetq won a freedom of information suit against the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) seeking to be allowed access to court material regarding the 1995 trial of Soghomon Kocharyan.
16:44 | October 12, 2015
Their relatives told Hetq that the prisoners have handed a ten point petition, addressed to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, to the head of the Noubarashen Penitentiary where they are serving out their sentences.
15:25 | October 2, 2015
In its two Freedom of Information suits, one filed against the police in Armenia and the other against the General Prosecutor’s office, the Investigative Journalists NGO will settle out of court with the former and awaits a final court decision on October 22 on the latter.
18:09 | September 23, 2015
Two ‘freedom of information’ suits filed by the Investigative Journalists (IJ) NGO, one against the General Prosecutor’s Office and the other, the police, began yesterday at Armenia’s Administrative Court.
14:50 | September 22, 2015
Even though a Yerevan hospital advised the Noubarashen Penitentiary housing lifer Soghomon Kocharyan, now into his 21st year behind bars, to transfer him to the Convicts’ Hospital for vital treatment as of August 5, the facility failed to do so for two additional weeks.
15:36 | September 15, 2015
The defendant never heard the sentence read out loud by Judge Armen Bektashyan. Not following the judge’s demand that all stand during the declaration of the sentence, Kyureghyan was whisked from the courtroom.
14:38 | September 11, 2015
The trial of Hayk Kyureghyan, detained for over a year for discharging an air pistol in the direction of the police on July 12, 2014, ended almost as soon as it started today after his supporters raised a ruckus about not being able to attend the proceedings at Yerevan’s Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Court.
14:10 | July 24, 2015
49 year-old Kamo Shalounts, an Artsakh War vet who has spent the last twenty years in Armenian prisons after being found guilty for the premeditated murder of two people, has written to Hetq complaining that the institute of conditional release does not exist in Armenia and that he does receive a pension will behind bars.
16:41 | July 20, 2015
Ruben Baloyan, representing the Hakobyan family, now has five days in which to make corrections and re-file the appeal asking that Petrosyan’s sentence, handed down by the Kotayk Regional Court on January 29 of this year, be changed to a minimum of six years.
14:30 | July 10, 2015
IJ President Edik Baghdasaryan had sent an email request to Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan, requesting that the department provide information as to how many complaints had the Police received regarding two citizens – Naira Asatryan and Varuzhan Margaryan – within the past five years.
18:50 | July 8, 2015
At today’s court session regarding The Investigative Journalists (IJ)NGO Freedom of Information petition to oblige the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) to provide information in the case of Soghomon Kocharyan, who is serving a life sentence in an Armenian prison, Judge Lianna Hakobyan asked the PGO’s attorney why his client hadn’t responded to the INJ’s request on two occasions.
13:52 | June 26, 2015
On that day, Kyureghyan climbed atop a car and shot an air pistol off several times in the direction of the police as a sign of protest over the way political trials are handled in Armenia.
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