Women’s Group Protest Markarian Sentence

YEREVAN–A number of women’s organizations–in an appeal statement addressed to the Armenian Supreme Court–expressed their concerns regarding Hrant Markarian’s incarceration of more than two-and-a-half years.

In the statement the organizations protested the verdict handed down against Markarian as part of the so-called "Dro" trial–during which the Karabakh freedom fighter was found guilty for the possession of fire-arms–even though he had been given a license during the armed conflict in Karabakh.

The women’s organizations drew the attention of the court to Markarian’s heroic actions. "We are asking you to reconsider Markarian’s case. The same individual who set aside his personal profit and interests–and who moved his entire family to the homeland to organize and fight in the Karabakh struggle," the statement read.

The women conveyed the obvious unjust sentence of five years incarceration for Markarian–while individuals with similar convictions have received at most one year imprisonment.

"The unfair and unjust conviction of Hrant Markarian is a blow to the dignity of all freedom fighters who have given so much including their lives for Karabakh–and we are certain that the members of the Supreme Court understand this," wrote the organizations.

"Therefore," the statement concluded–"we turn to you–the honorable members of the Supreme Court–to ask for the freedom of Hrant Markarian."

The appeal letter was signed by representatives of the Armenian Relief Cross–Women’s Republican Council–Armenian Women’s Alliance–the League of Women Voters and the Armenian "Intellectual Women" Center.

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