Deputy National Assembly Speaker Testifies at Trial

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Deputy Parliament Speaker Ara Sahakian testified at the September 25 trial hearings on Wednesday–confirming his earlier testimony that defendant Vahe Varsanian resembled the young man in the group rushing the National Assembly building on Sept. 25–1996.

Sahakian also confirmed that the young man had taken no aggressive actions against him. According to Sahakian–defendant Seryozha Melkonian–who also rushed into the building–was making unsuccessful attempts to hit him (Sahakian) over the head.

During the testimony–defendant Onik Hunanian’s health sharply deteriorated. Doctors said he was having a mild heart attack.

The Judicial Board released him ordering him not to leave the country.At the September 25 trial court hearings on Thursday–Karlen Khachikian–an engineer working for the National Assembly–said that there had been no women among those who beat him and that he did not see defendant Manik Sargssian at the National Assembly building.

Sargssian complained about her health and refused to testify.

The judicial proceedings were postponed when attorneys Gayaneh Antonian and Vova Hakhverdian could not attend the trial because of scheduling conflicts with the "Trial of 31" case–in which both are assigned as well.

The hearings will resume during adjournmen’s in the "Trial of 31" proceedings.


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