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The members of armed group  accused of preparing a coup in Armenia  categorically disagree with charges

The members of armed group  accused of preparing a coup in Armenia  categorically disagree with charges

ArmInfo. Today in the court of general jurisdiction of the Yerevan districts of Kentron and Nork-Marash a session was held on the case of the armed group liquidated in Yerevan, which is preparing a coup in Armenia on the case materials.

After presenting the indictment Arthur Vardanyan, who is on the case  as a group leader, said: "To be honest, I can not understand the  essence of this accusation." There is no such person who could say  that Arthur Vardanyan gave him any orders or called for some action,  there was no criminal cooperation, and there is no material evidence  of this." He stressed that he does not plead guilty.

In turn, another defendant in the case - Anton Totonjyan, who is  charged with financing the gang, also said that he does not consider  himself guilty. Former Deputy Minister of Defense of Armenia Vahan  Shirkhanyan also stated that he completely disagreed with the  accusation. "I was ashamed after I heard how illiterate this  indictment was drawn up, how can it be possible to shoot down a plane  from a distance of 1.5 kilometers with the help of the KG? Illiteracy  must have limits. But, however, I am not involved in this", referring  to the judge, he noted.

Defendant Garnik Margaryan, chairman of the party "Homeland and  Honor", also pleaded not guilty and stated: "All the charges are  against me are fictitious, I am being persecuted for my 30-year-old  political activity, which was directed against the Government and  corruption. " I will talk about this later. I have nothing to do with  the criminal group, I have been sentenced to the accusation of the  criminal group.  "Defendant, participant of the Karabakh war"  Harutyun Saribekyan stated that he was not familiar with any of the  participants in the trial. "I did not want to go against my people,"  Saribekyan said. The defendant was in the neighborhood of the  international airport "Zvartnots", from where, according to the  charge, from the distance of 1.5 kilometers, President Serzh  Sargsyan. His speech, Saribekyan, referring to this part of the  charge, said: "The distance from which the Fly can strike is 350-400  meters, bypass, I'm not so stupid as to shoot down the president's  plane from the yard of my House. "And why? This is me? Or is this  machine gun" PC ", where is it? I do not plead guilty."

Another defendant - a participant in the Karabakh war, Vladimir  Arakelyan also did not plead guilty to the charges brought against  him. "How did the national security agencies concoct such a mean  deal?" Arakelyan said in his speech. He also found ridiculous that  part of the charge, which refers to the intention of the group of  people to shoot down the president's plane with a grenade. "In  general, this criminal case was completely fabricated," he said.   Defendants Khachik Avetisyan, Avetis Barseghyan, Vaginak Stepanyan,  Artur Yeghiazaryan, Vahan Shahnazaryan, Harutyun Smbatyan and others  also pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

To recall, according to the indictment leader of the group Arthur  Vardanyan, in April 2015 he created a criminal group of RA citizens,  members of the organized group illegally acquired, stored and  transported a large number of weapons, ammunition, explosives and  explosive devices, pursuing The goal of a coup in Armenia. However,  this intention was not carried out due to the circumstances of the  case. Vardanyan's will, since November, 25 of the NSS officers, the  criminal group was uncovered and rendered harmless. It was found a  large number of ammunition, explosives and other materials, military  uniforms, as well as documents.

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