ArmInfo. Representatives of the Artsakh Ombudsman's office the night before visited citizens detained during the rally in Renaissance Square in Stepanakert. ArmInfo was informed about this in the press service of the office of the Ombudsman of Artsakh.
So, according to information, yesterday, the Ombudsman's office received a message about the detention of eight citizens by law enforcement officers during a peaceful motor rally in Renaissance Square in Stepanakert, and during which political calls were voiced. "Representatives of the Ombudsman visited the detained citizens. They also familiarized themselves with all the circumstances of the detention and their reasons.
Representatives of the human rights defender demanded that the police clarify the detention. The latter informed that the reason for the detention was the refusal to comply with the lawful requirements of the police, and therefore the measure of "administrative detention" was applied, the Office of Artsakh Ombudsman noted, adding that all the detainees were released for three hours.
Earlier, the press service of the President of Artsakh informed that eight citizens were detailed in Stepanakert on February 20 in accordance with Article 182 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, for failure to comply with the lawful requirements of police officers. After the statutory period, they were released. Also, the presidential administration noted that administrative proceedings were opened on the basis of non-compliance with the requirements of Article 182 of the Code: non-compliance with the lawful requirements of police officers to observe public order and security entails a fine. Within the framework of the started proceedings, background investigation is the process, some circumstances of the incident are clarified.
It should be noted that on February 20 a group of citizens staged a car rally in Stepanakert, during which there was a demand for the resignation of President Artsakh Bako Sahakyan and Minister for Emergency Situations Levon Mnatsakanyan. It should be noted that on March 31 this year presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in Artsakh. The current President, Bako Sahakyan, did not seek election.