Babayan Trial Stalls as Lawyer for Defense Fails to Show in Court

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–Wednesday’s hearing in the trial of Samvel Babayan fell through as defendant Levon Mirzoyan’s lawyer Benjamin Manasian had not arrived in Stepanakert–where the trial is being held. Manasian blamed excessive pressure due to work as the reason for his failure to appear before the court. According to the agreement with the Union of Lawyers–attorney Anzhela Hakobian–who is to arrive in Karabakh from Yerevan Thursday–will replace him.

The trial will continue upon Hakobian’s arrival. The day before–Levon Mirzoyan–who had earlier refused counsel services–asked the court to assign a lawyer to his case.

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