Appeals Council Partially Upholds Supreme Court Rulings

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Appeals Council of the Supreme Court of Armenia announced Friday its decision on the appeals in the so-called "Dro" case. The death sentence of Arsen Grigorian was replaced by 15-year imprisonment. The terms of defendants Edik Simonian and Ara Armadayan were cut by a year. They are now sentenced to four and five years in prison–respectively. All three are convicted on Article 72 of the Criminal Code of Armenia.

The Appeals Council decided to maintain the Supreme Court’s decision on the cases of Arsen Artsruni – Armenak Mnjoyan–Armenak Zakarian–Hovhanes Mkrtchian–Gevorg Alaverdian–Tatul Gabrielian–Hrant Markarian and Gegham Manoukian.

On December 10–1996–the Board on Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court of Armenia’sentenced Arsen Artsrouni and Armenak Mnjoyan to death–Zakarian to 15 years in prison–Mkrtchian to five years–Alaverdian and Gabrielian to three years each.

The Judicial Board consisting of. Minasian– Matevosian and Danielian did not explain why the sentences of only some of the defendants had been changed. Even though the decision of the Judicial Armenia did not take into consideration the personality of Margarian–and the fact that he got his weapon in Karabakh and had a license to carry it. By sustaining Margarian’s sentence–Sahakian believes the Judicial Board in the so-called "Dro" case and the Appeals Council have committed an action stated by Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Armenia (pronouncement of a deliberately unjust sentence–decision or resolution).

"The pronouncement of an unjust sentence based on private interest and careerist aspirations is a crime as well," he said. Sahakian believes such a sentence is likely to have been ordered by the authorities.

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