Hovanessian Comments on Court’s Stance During “Trial of 31″

YEREVAN (Hayots Ashkhar)–Recently–there have been media reports claiming that Armenian governmental authorities were not directly involved in the ruling of the "Trial of 31" and the verdict was solely reflective of the court’s independent stance.

The following is Vahan Hovanessian’s comment on the issue: "I do not rule out that authorities directly influenced the court during the final stretch of our case. However–that does not spare them from being accomplices to injustice.

Imagine that someone is tumbling down a heavy carriage on people–and–halfway through–he regrets it (and this regret is obvious from the speech the judge delivered)–but he does nothing to stop that carriage. And–when that ANM Soviet-esque judicial system carriage starts hitting people (with blows which are fatal to some)–the person who initiates the tumbling states that he is not guilty–because he has "not interfered" during the tumbling process.

Armenian authorities are probably embarrassed remembering their hysterical announcemen’s–because of which this thing erupted–but they are continuing to play the "court is independent" game. We are aware of the price of that "independence" and "not interfering." History acknowledges a person of that nature who washed his hands and stepped aside.

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