Karabakh Prosecutor’s Office Has Nothing to Do With Arrest

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Nagorno Karabakh Republic Prosecutor General Mavrik Ghukassian had nothing to do with the arrest of journalist Vahram Aghajanian–the editorial office of the Karabakh-based Tenth Province newspaper informed Noyan Tapan.

The information about Aghajanian’s family was provided by a high-ranking official of the Karabakh government who wished to remain unnamed for the time being. According to the same source–the journalist was illegally arrested on the instruction of Karabakh Interior Minister Bako Sahakian without a search warrant from the Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Criminal Code–"the search was conducted by an investigator’s motivated award and only with the presence of the prosecutor’s warrant. Search warran’s are issued by the prosecutor or his deputy. In urgent matters–the search can be conducted without the prosecutor’s sanction.

However–the prosecutor should be notified of the conducted search within a day". The representative of the government said that Mavrik Ghukassian or his assistant did not issue either a search warrant or an arrest warrant for Vahram Aghajanian. As a matter of fact–the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Interior Minister broke the law.

In this regard Vahram Aghajanian temporarily retracted his statement to the Prosecutor General–addressing it to Interior Minister Bako Sahakian. In the statement–the journalist deman’s that the minister should show him the copies of the search and arrest warran’s–which–according to the law–should be kept in the Interior Ministry. If the warran’s are not shown–Vahram Aghajanian intends to apply to the Prosecutor General’s Office demanding that proceedings be instituted against the Interior Ministry which violated the laws of the country.

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