Armenian armed group accused of police compound seizure to seek ECtHR protection

12:14 • 14.07.17



The lawyers of four members of the armed Sasna Tsrer group, which seized the patrol police regiment last July, keeping it under a fortnight’s occupation, are going to file an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to request their clients' protection.


An attorney representing Arayik Khandoyan, one of the activists, insists that the domestic law enforcement bodies acted in violation of two articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).  “We observe violation of two articles – that of due process, and ban on torture. We have no guarantees that our clients will not be beaten and face torture again. So to ensure their security, we have prepared a special package to submit to the ECtHR,” Arayik Papikyan told Tert.am.


He added that they intend to ask the Court to examine the case in a rapid procedure (considering the urgency of the matter).


The fourteen-member group is facing trial in a Yerevan district court over clashes with the police.

Defense lawyers claim that four of them – Mkhitar Avetisyan, Areg Kyureghyan, Gagik Yeghiazaryan and Arayik Khandoyan – were subjected to physical violence during hearings

 

All the four have now been recognized as aggrieved parties.

 

 

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