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 Wednesday, August 4 2021 13:51
Naira Badalian

Former head of Meghri, now member of "Hayastan" faction Mkhitar  Zakaryan will remain under arrest

Former head of Meghri, now member of "Hayastan" faction Mkhitar  Zakaryan will remain under arrest

ArmInfo. The Criminal Court of Appeal chaired by Judge Ruzanna Barseghyan on August 4 upheld the measure of restraint in the form of arrest in relation to the former  head of the Meghri community of Syunik region, now a parliamentarian  of the 8th convocation from the "Hayastan" opposition faction  ("Armenia" - ed. note) Mkhitar Zakaryan.

Thus, the court rejected the lawyer's complaint against the decision  of the court of general jurisdiction of Yerevan on the selection of  arrest as a preventive measure against Zakaryan. As the lawyer Yerem  Sargsyan stated, the defense intends to appeal the decision in the  Court of Cassation.

It should be noted that both the former Mayor of Meghri and the Mayor  of Goris Arush Arushanyan have been under arrest for almost a month.  Zakaryan and Arushanyan are charged under several articles of the  Criminal Code.  In particular, the former mayor of Meghri was charged  with abuse of office and official forgery under part 2 of article 308  and part 1 of article 314 of the RA Criminal Code. On July 13,  Zakaryan was arrested for two months on charges. More than seven  criminal cases have been initiated against the mayor of Goris - from  illegal entrepreneurship to holding illegal assemblies.

On August 2, at the first sitting of the National Assembly of the 8th  convocation, the opposition MPs reported a violation of the  parliamentary rules of procedure, since Zakaryan and the former head  of the Sisian community, Artur Sargsyan, despite the fact that they  received a parliamentary mandate, cannot participate in the work of  the legislative body, since they remain under arrest ... As the  oppositionists stated, parliamentary immunity can be overcome only by  the decision of the National Assembly, and not the CEC. Meanwhile,  the authorities are countering - Zakaryan and Sargsyan were charged  while they were in the status of a candidate for lawmaker, as a  result of which the prosecution's petition was submitted and approved  by the RA CEC. The day before the lawmakers of the "Hayastan" faction  announced during the sitting of the National Assembly that they would  appeal to the Constitutional Court in order not only to challenge the  results of the election of the speaker, but also to prove the  illegality of the deprivation of freedom, despite the immunity. 


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