Missile Theft Defendant Sentenced to 15 Years

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On June 4–the court of the first instance of Yerevan’s Avan and Nor-Nork communities announced the verdict in the criminal case instituted in connection with the theft of ammunition from four military units of the Armenian Defense Ministry’s system.

The court found charge principal defendant Artur Melikian guilty of purchasing missiles from the military with the purpose of selling them abroad.

The court also found Melikian guilty of murdering a woman and her son under aggravating circumstances and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with confiscation of all his personal property.

The court also found that some charges brought against several defendants in separate episodes were not confirmed and in some cases charges were wrongly qualified by the body of preliminary investigation.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Armenian Military Prosecutor’s Office.

Army officers Baghdasar Yeghiazarian–Pavlik Kyureghian–Artak Danielian–Gagik Kirakossian–Kerop Nahapetian–Samvel Atabekian–Tatul Hovhannissian and warrant officer Sergey Sokolovski were deprived of their military ran’s and sentenced to 3 to 7 years of imprisonment. Samvel Atabekian–sentenced to 3 years in prison–was taken into custody right from the court-room.

The amnesty resolution taken on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity as Armenia’s state religion was applied in relation to defendants Meruzhan Gevorgian–Karapet Davtian and Haykaz Sargsian (all sentenced to 3 years in prison) and they were released from the court-room.

The term of punishment of defendant Grigor Asrian was reduced by 1/3 under the amnesty resolution.

He will spend 2 years and 4 months in prison instead of 3.5 years. Armen Ahmadian was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment with a 2-year probation term. Arrest applied in his relation was replaced by a written undertaking not to leave the city and he was released from the court-room.

The prison term given to the defendant is the highest sentence in Armenia per its criminal code. The next phase of a punishment is the death penalty.

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