Witnesses Point to Torture in Detention

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At Tuesday’s hearing of the so-called "Trial of 31," witness Lilit Khachikian testified that during the preliminary investigation–Interior Ministry agents from the Mashtots district forced her to give information about ARF Bureau member Vahan Hovanessian–a co-defendant in the case–by beating her and subjected her to psychological pressure.

Aghavni Karapetian–another witness–also testified to beatings during interrogations. She said agents beat her so severely that she had a miscarriage soon after.

Karapetian said that her two sisters and her disabled brother were also subjected to physical and mental abuse in her presence. She said that if it were not for the beatings her brother had to endure–he would have been alive today. He died last February.

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