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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Nairi Hunanyan petitioned for pardon

Nairi Hunanyan petitioned for pardon

ArmInfo.An Armenian journalist, a former member of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun, Nairi  Hunanyan, who led the attack on the Armenian parliament in 1999, sent a request for parole.

As the head of the public relations department of the Penitentiary  Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia Nona  Navikyan said, he filed an application for early release about two  weeks ago, she is now under consideration. She recalled that he had  the right to do so, since according to the legislation of the  Republic of Armenia, after 20 years of serving a sentence, a person  sentenced to life imprisonment can send such a request.

The issue regarding the statement of Hunanyan will be resolved in the  manner prescribed by law - in the 80-day period.

It should be noted that Hunanyan was sentenced to life imprisonment  and is serving a sentence in the Yerevan Kentron penitentiary. 

On October 27, 1999, a group of terrorists burst into parliament and  shot and killed the Prime Minister of Armenia Vazgen Sargsyan, the  Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Karen  Demirchyan, the Vice-Speakers of Yuri Bakhshyan and Ruben Miroyan,  the Minister of Operational Affairs Leonard Petrosyan and the  deputies Armenak Armenakyan, Mikael Gennan Kotanian .  The terrorist  group included former journalist Nairi Hunanyan, who worked for some  time on television in Armenia, his brother Karen Hunanyan, their  uncle Vram Galstyan, as well as Derenik Bejanyan and Ashot Knyazyan.  Their trial began on February 15, 2001. On December 2, 2003, the  Center-Nork-Marash trial court sentenced the Nairi and Karen Unanyan  brothers, Edik Grigoryan, Vram Galstyan (in 2004, according to the  official version, committed suicide), Derenik Bejanyan and Ashot  Knyazyan to life conclusion.  Hamlet Stepanyan was sentenced to 14  years in prison (in May 2010, his body was found in his bed at the  Nubarashen detention center). All seven were found guilty of treason  and terrorism.

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