Hovanessian Verdict to be Issued Thursday

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The long-awaited verdict in the controversial "Trial of 31" case will be announced Thursday by the Supreme Court of Armenia.

A high-ranking member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutiun–Vahan Hovhanissian–and commander of the "Arapo" battalion–Manvel Eghiazarian–along with 22 other defendants are charged with high treason.

As a result of the judicial proceedings–which have been going on for nearly a year-and-a-half–the state prosecutor in the case concluded that the defendants were not involved in an effort to forcibly overthrow the government.

A verdict in the "Dro" case was also announced at this time last year.

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