Tuesday, 25 September

A Defiant Sefilyan to Judge: Your Day Will Come



Upon hearing Judge Tatevik Grigoryan sentence him to ten years and five months behind bars, Jirayr Sefilyan smiled and cried out, “Bravo. Similar sentences will soon be announced for you.”

State prosecutors Petros Petrosyan and Hakob Yenokyan had demanded the court hand down the heaviest sentence to Sefilyan – eleven years.

Jirayr Sefilyan

After the verdicts were read, they left the courtroom under a barrage of expletives from those supporting Sefilyan and the seven other defendants.

Sefilyan’s lawyer Arayik Papikyan made the following statement to reporters afterwards:

“This wasn’t a trial, but rather a political directive and housecleaning. March 20 will be remembered as the day when justice died. On this day, courthouse flags must be removed and replaced with black ribbons. This day will remain in history, but the time will come when the political authorities will answer for it.”

Long before the trial ended, police vehicles and personnel had staged a show of force outside the Shengavit courthouse.

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.


Gegham Adyan

One of those not allowed inside was Gegham Adyan, who says that court bailiffs singled him out last summer. Adyan claims that cops visited his house, warning him not to attend the trial sessions.

“Clearly, they don’t want many people in the court when the verdicts are announced. That’s why they’re not letting us in,” Adyan said.

During Hetq’s coverage of the trial, which began in May 2017, we’ve written how court officials had demanded that spectators provide personal data (name, address, etc.). This information was then used to draft a list of potential “troublemakers” to be barred from courtroom.

Sefilyan was found guilty on three counts – conspiracy to foment public disorder, illegal arms possession, and conspiracy to seize government buildings.

Six other defendants received lighter sentences.


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Comments (9)
1. Հասմիկ Ա.Ա.17:16 - 20 March, 2018
Խայտառակություն: Եվ այս կատարածուներն իրենց դատախազ-դատավորի տեղ են դրե՞լ: Սրանք էլ են մարսելո՞ւ:
2. Հայկ17:54 - 20 March, 2018
։միթե միայն այսքանը բավարար չէ ոտքի կանգնելու և բոլոր հարցերը լուծելու համար։
3. Վարազ Սյունի 20:09 - 20 March, 2018
Կգբ-ն Ժիրայր Սեֆիլյանին դատապարտեցին 10.5 տարվա ազատազրկման: Հայը «դաշնակից» ռուսի վասալը պիտի մնա հավերժ. սա է իրենց նպատակը:Հայաստանի իրավապահ մարմինները թքել-կպցնելու մեծ վարպետներ են:Պերմյակովի գործի ժամանակ ծակները մտած մկնիկներ էին դարձել: Բարեբախտաբար հայը նաև ԱՍԱԼԱ դառնալ գիտի:Բարեբախտաբար հայկական բանակի 18-20 տարեկան զինվորը սահման ու արժանապատվություն պահել գիտի:
4. Վարազ Սյունի (Հոլանդիա) 20:17 - 20 March, 2018
Արի տուն:Փողերդ տուր մեզ: Բայց հանկարծ մտքովդ չանցնի քաղաքականությամբ զբաղվես,թե չէ Սեֆիլյանի օրը կգցենք: Կամ էլ ապահով հեռվից փող տուր մեր հիմնադրամներին: Պարտիա,օլիգարխիա,պուտինիզմ:
5. Zartir Lao22:50 - 20 March, 2018
It was all too obvious this was about politics and the court has no proof of what it charged Sefilian with. One person "testified" to save his own skin, and that is exactly what happened. That day when I saw the arrest, I felt embarrassed for Armenia, because its desperation was revealed. Was this all to satisfy the will of Russia? I am not impressed with our "ally". Maybe the people in Armenia feel differently, however I will say this. The Armenian government is not acting for the interests of the Armenian nation where its conflict with Azerbaijan is concerned. It does seem however that it is doing the bidding of Russia to the point that the death of Armenian soldiers defending the homeland does not matter, because those deaths are Armenians not Russians. Besides Artsakh, Azerbaijan fires at Armenia proper, and the lack of response and solution by the Armenian government tells me everything I need to know: Armenia is either Russia's puppet, or a pathetically weak nation. And Sefilian was one of those responsible for the liberation of Sushi which countless Armenians are enjoying today, and not the likes of the judge and government members who arrested him to remove any "opposition" they felt for their grip on power, or perhaps more specifically Russia's. When Armenian patriots and war heroes are being thrown in jail, it means Armenia is being run from, and for the interests of, another nation.
6. Hovik20:46 - 21 March, 2018
To Zartir Lao you got everything right, my friend.
7. joseph22:53 - 21 March, 2018
thank you, Zartir. Armenia is not ruled but dictated by self-profitters ,-agents of RU ; we observe that since years ; thats why we don't invest in Armenia . All the numerous "help-projects" from foreigners are for nothing . In one word : " there is NO BLESSING" on that country, but a real curse
8. Nazaret 02:06 - 23 March, 2018
He got what he deserved, so did Hatpanyan, and all others who fought, who told you to go there in the first place. Let this be a lesson for future freedom fighters, you either die in battlefield, or you wined up in jail like people before you.
9. Please Be Gone04:23 - 24 March, 2018
@Nazaret, spoken like a real servant of some oligarch mafioso. Serjh Sargsyan and Jirayr Sefilyan both served in Artsakh. What Serjh did was nothing compared to what Jirayr accomplished, yet you are not telling about Serjh "who told you to go there in the first place" that comment is only for war heroes. This is why Armenia is a pathetic country and Armenians are not going to their homeland in large numbers, because of mentality like yours.
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