YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Poghos Poghosian’s murder trial begins on January 7–at the court of first instance of Centre and Nork-Marash communities in Yerevan. President Robert Kocharian’s bodyguard Aghamal Haroutiounian–is the principal defendant in the case.
Judge Mnatsakan Martirosian who is presiding over this case has worked in law enforcement since 1986. He became a judge in January–1999–and worked in the Armavir regional court until September–2000–when he was transferred to the first instance court of the Centre and Nork-Marash communities in Yerevan. He has presided over nearly 200 criminal and more than 1000 civil cases.