Bleyan Requests Preventive Punishment in His Respect Changed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On February 8–Yerevan’s lower court continued to hear the case of former acting minister of education–former director of the "Mkhitar Sebastatsi" educational complex Ashot Bleyan.

The judge rejected the petition of Bleyan’s lawyer made during the previous session to find the testimony given by witness Mkrtich Markossian during the preliminary investigation conclusive.

At the beginning of the hearing Bleyan demanded that the preventive punishment in his respect be changed and that a normal regime of judicial proceedings with each session’s duration of 7-8 hours be established–otherwise–he said–the trial may be qualified as a political square-up of accounts with him.

Bleyan’s counsel Robert Grigorian believes there can be no doubts over the winner ("Susanna" company) in the competition for the purchase and delivery of paper for the publication of text-books in 1995. Not a single member of the commission had been interrogated over the issue. "It turns out that there is no evidence of crime–no offenders–but there is an instigator in the person of Bleyan," the counsel said when presenting a petition to discontinue the interrogation of other witnesses in connection with this episode and pass on to the next episode in the case.

The counsel for the prosecution–nevertheless–found groundless the lawyer’s petition–saying that the interrogation of the witnesses will promote an impartial verdict. The court decided to partly sustain the petition–that is to listen to the summoned witnesses–and only to make public the evidence of the witnesses only partly related to the episode.

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