Babayan Trial Date to Be Announced

STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–A senior official of the Karabakh prosecutor’s office said that the date for the trial of Samvel Babayan–the former defense minister of Karabakh–accused of masterminding and executing the attempted murder on President Arkady Ghoukassian last March 22–would be announced in early September.

Karabakh prosecutor general Mavrik Ghoukassian announced the news last Saturday in an interview with a local television station. The prosecutor also said that the trial would be public but due to several technical reasons access to the court-room would be limited.

Mavrik Ghoukassian said that he had two meetings with Samvel Babayan. During the first meeting Babayan claimed he did not participate in the act but six days later Babayan admitted his guilt in the attempted murder in the presence of the lawyer–"because he himself and his relatives were persecuted by President Ghoukassian.".

Mavrik Ghoukassian claims Babayan had organized the act of terrorism with the aim of coup d’etat in mind–witnessed by a number of facts revealed in the course of preliminary investigation. Babayan is also accused of illegal possession of arms and illegal turnover of big sums of money.

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