Yerevan Court Releases Syunik Village Mayor
Yerevan’s Court of General Jurisdiction today released Armen Khachatryan, Mayor of the Syunik village of Hartashen, who had been arrested on charges of “hooliganism” during PM Nikol Pashinyan’s recent trip to the province.
The news of Khachatryan’s release was relayed to Hetq by his lawyer Benik Galstyan.
Pashinyan was greeted with boos and protests during his visit to several communities in the country’s southern province of Syunik.
In Meghri, protesters and police scuffled.
Upon returning to Yerevan, Pashinyan described the incident as a violation of the law and called on police to round up the instigators and publicly bring them to account.
"We should not allow a small group of people to create the impression, that is, regardless of the impression, we should not allow an atmosphere of impunity to exist in Armenia," said Pashinyan.
He then instructed National Security Director Armen Abazyan and Chief of Police Vahe Ghazaryan to deal with the matter.
Photo: Benik Galstyan