March 22 Defendant Can’t Stand Trial Due to Physical Mental Duress

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Sasun Aghajanian–who is one of the accused in the March 22 attempted murder case–is in a state of utter emaciation. Edik Aghajanian–the defendant’s lawyer told the Fund Against Violation of Law that he does not communicate with anybody–and the state of his physical and mental health is alarming. Sasun Aghajanian was a bodyguard of the former commander of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Defense Army Samvel Babayan–who is the principal suspect in the case. On the eve of the March 22 assassination attempt on the Nagorno Karabakh Republic President–the bodyguard was meeting his patron.

The lawyer believes his client needs urgent medical aid and cannot stand trial in his current condition.

FAVL–basing on what was stated above–urges the administration of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s Central Military Hospital–Supreme Court and Interior Ministry to do the needful to restore the physical and mental health of Sasun Aghajanian.

FAVL Executive Director Larisa Alaverdian emphasized that regardless of the degree of the defendants’ guilt–they all must be treated humanely. She said FAVL representatives would be dispatched to Karabakh to see the defendants. The date of their department will be announced later on.

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