Kim Balayan Released

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Supreme Court of Armenia passed Monday a final verdict on the "Sept. 25" case–by declaring the charges against Armenian Revolutionary Federation member Kim Balayan groundless and unfounded.

However–Balayan was found guilty according to Article 74 of the Armenian Criminal Law (mass disturbances) and received a suspended two-year prison term. Balayan was freed in the court-room.

"I am deeply disappointed that after such a clamor–the Judicial Board on Criminal Proceedings has actually demonstrated that there is no judicial power in Armenia. I not only expected–but I was absolutely sure that the verdict will be as such. At present the authorities are holding the policy of criminalization of the society and the given case is one of the examples of this policy," Balayan said.

Kim Balayan’s attorney Ruben Sahakian said that they were going to protest the verdict.


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