Criminal trial of Karen Kungortsev (Section 1 to Article 34-104 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia) started on October 21, 2014 at the Lori District Court of First Instinct. K. Kungortsev is charged with attempted murder of Davit Hovakimyan. Arayik Papikyan, from the Helsinki Association for Human Rights, is the defendant’s lawyer.
Sixteen year old Hayk Aghamalyan was charged with premeditated murder and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, receiving the maximum sentence. The trail took place at the Kentron and Nork-Marash Court with Judge Martirosyan as the presiding judge.
Free Speech or Hate Speech?Sixteen plaintiffs filed a civil action suit against Iravunk Newspaper for defamation and slander. The Court of Kentron and Nork-Marash General Jurisdiction ruled against the plaintiffs in favor of the defendant, Hovhannes Galajyan. Judge Ruben Nersisyan was the presiding judge and delivered the verdict. The case was then reviewed by the Court of Appeals, however, they rejected the plaintiffs’ claims and ruled in favor of the initial verdict.
Human Rights Watch press release on police violence at protest
Early Tuesday morning, police officers violently dispersed protesters who were holding a peaceful sit-in protest on Baghramyan Avenue against the recent price increase of electricity. There were over 5,000 demonstrators who marched to the Presidential Palace and over 200 protesters were detained and taken to various police stations and hospitals.