Ashot Bleyan’s Trial Continues

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At its September 3 sitting–the lower court of Yerevan’s Maltia-Sebastia district was to hear the pleadings of the parties in the case of the former acting minister of education–former director of the Malatia-Sebastia educational complex Ashot Bleyan. But the defendant demanded that the court consider his petitions.

At the very beginning of the sitting–Bleyan stressed that he expects his petitions to be satisfied and hopes that the judge will discharge her duties and make a fair decision. In her turn–the judge said that petitions may not be considered during the pleadings; they may be discussed after the pleadings.

The defendant stated his intention not to allow the pleading to be heard until his deman’s were satisfied.

Announcing the completion of the judicial inquest–the judge said that the persons who were considered victims by the court were repeatedly notified–but never appeared before the court. Therefore–the Prosecution must make a speech. But the defendant and the people in the court-room made noise and did not allow the public prosecutor Edik Ghukassian to make a speech. Considering the fact that those present were preventing the pleadings–the judge announced a private session of the court which is to be held on October 5.

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