Samvel Babayan Allowed to See His New Lawyer

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The former Commander-in-chief of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Army Samvel Babayan–charged with plotting the March 22 assassination attempt on the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President–was allowed to see his new lawyer on June 27–and his brother–Karen–who is a suspect in another case–was allowed to see his wife–Tatyana.

Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the "Constitutional Right" Union Armen Javadian said that lawyer Zhedex Shakarian from Yerevan would join in the defense of Babayan. The lawyer went to Stepanakert upon the Committee’s recommendation. In Stepanakert he signed a contract with the family of Samvel Babayan–after which on June 26 he presented a petition to Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Prosecutor General Mavrik Ghoukassian to meet with his client. The following day–June 27–the petition was considered in the lawyer’s favor and the meeting did take place.

According to the information available–Shakarian will also be allowed to acquaint himself to the materials of the case. The preliminary investigation of the criminal case is over and acquaintance with the general materials of the case is on. Thus–the entire investigative process was held without lawyers’ participation–emphasized Javadian–from the Committee. As is known–lawyers Nikolay Baghdasarian and Gagik Hakobian who represented Babayan’s defense–made a statement in which they asserted that they could not work properly for the defense because of the refusal of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Prosecutor General’s Office to allow them to see Babayan and acquaint themselves to the files of the case until the investigation was over.

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