Defense Attorneys Accuse Prosecution of Misleading Court

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– "State prosecutor has disoriented the court by charging defendants with crimes under the article 65 of Armenia’s Criminal Code," attorney in "Trial of 31" case Marina Galabian said in her speech on September 1.

She particularly noted that the case lacks evidence to prove her client Karapet Ghazarian’s being guilty of high treason–plotting of a terrorist act–as well as calls for a forcible overthrow of power.

"Where–when and with what words was Karapet Ghazarian calling for such actions," she asked. According to her–the indictment ascribes no definite actions on Ghazarian–instead of dates there were used phrases like "then" and "the next day."

According to the attorney–the investigation’s allegations that the house of Ghazarian’s parents served as a base for a "criminal group" is groundless. She noted that the house is situated in an unsuitable place–in a densely populated area.

There is no telephone there–no other means of communication–it was not guarded and the arms kept in there were not ready for use. The attorney said that Ghazarian had gone to Sourenavan after the policemen’s murder to find out the circumstances and not to get in touch with the members of the "criminal group."

The attorney also added that that during the investigation her client was savagely beaten by investigators Margarian and Ordunian.

Lawyer Tigran Janoyan solicited to pass Vachagan Kosian’s case (illegal possession of arms and ammunition) to the Prosecutor General to find out whether the charges correspond to Armenia’s Criminal Code. And as for as the other charges are concerned attorney solicited to find Kosian not guilty and release him from the court room.

Attorney Gayaneh Antonian also demanded the court to find her client Sasha Khachatrian not guilty and release him from the court.

"Gagik Vanian–defendant in the ‘Trial of 31′ case–cannot be held on charges brought against him by the preliminary investigation (attempt on police officers’ lives)–because there is no corpus delicti," Marina Galabian–Vanian’s attorney–said in her closing remarks.

Vanian is accused of offering armed resistance to police officers together with Manvel Yeghiazarian–commander of the Arabo detachment on July 29–1995. Attorney grounded her assertion by the fact that following the article–representatives of military police and police protecting public order can serve as objects of crime.

Galabian emphasized that encirclement of Yeghiazarian’s house–shelling and other action committed by those people were not aimed at protecting public order–just the contrary–besides Yeghiazarian and his nephew two underage children of Yeghiazarian and his wife were in the house (tanks and fire arms were used during the operation).

So–soldiers did not protect any public order–and even more–they endangered the lives of Yeghiazarian’s family–as well as those of neighboring houses.

Galabian said that her client did not shoot which is proved by the testimonies given by Vanian–Yeghiazarian–as well as victims and witnesses.

Attorneys solicited that her client should be found not guilty. Attorney Anahit Gozalian said that the charges against her client Serezha Hovanessian were fully built on Serezha’s confession which was made in a state of stress. As a matter of fact–there is no evidence that Hovanessian called for a coup.

The attorney said that Serezha Hovanessian should be found not guilty and released from the court room.

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