Defendant Says Murder of Policeman Still a Mystery

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Supreme Court resumed hearings Tuesday on cases in connection with the "Trial of 31" case after a long break.

Defendant Tigran Avetissian spoke at the session–reiterating that his charge of murdering two policemen during the Aug. 1–1995 incident on Leningradian street was unjust.

Prosecutor Lulibert Charkhifalakian said in his closing speech that charges of premeditated murder had been proven–and demanded a sentence of death be levied against Avetissian.

Avetissian has viewed the charges as groundless–and said the murders of the policemen were still a mystery.

According to Avetissian–he has been framed–and feels the court is trying to "present a lizard as if it were a crocodile." According to Avetissian–after he had been arrested–he was dragged to and from jail for 4 months–suggesting an attempt was made on his life–through inhumane treatment.

Saying he was mistaken when expecting justice to be served on the part of the court–Avetissian said he still demanded the court pass a fair verdict.

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