Former Mayor of Stepanakert Sentenced to Jail

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A local court in the capital Nagorno Karabakh sentenced its former mayor–Karen Babayan–to five and half years in jail on Friday.

Karen Babayan was arrested on March 22–1999–on charges of abuse of power–embezzlement of public funds–and illegal arms possession. He was arrested right after a failed assassination attempt on the life of Karabakh President Arkady Ghoukassian.

Karen Babayan’s brother Samvel Babayan–former commander of Karabakh armed forces–was sentenced to 14 years in prison on charges of masterminding the assassination of Ghoukassian.

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