Two “Trial of 31″ Defendants Released

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Trial of 31" defendants Vagif Avetissian and Andranik Hambartsoumian were released from custody Friday due to severe illness and the condition of their respective families.

Following argumen’s by chief prosecutor Lulibert Charkhifalakian and defense attorney Souren Tcherkezian the court ruled in favor of the defendants’ release.

The two defendants were charged with plotting the forceful overthrow of the government and treason–while Hambartsoumian was also charged with possession of illegal weapons.

For the first time–the court session of the "Trial of 31" was being videotaped by the state-run television station.

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