• Yerevan court to announce its ruling in Harsnakar case March 24 (video)

    Court of General jurisdiction of Yerevan’s Avan and Nor-Nork administrative districts is to announce its awaited ruling in the Harsnakar case on March 24.

    During today’s court sitting, Judge Davit Harutyunyan the motion to set the resumption of the trial submitted by the aggrieved party.

    Defendant Arman Baghdasaryan announced that he did not have any connection with the case. “God sees everything. I’m not guilty,” he said in the courtroom.

    Defendant Garik Babloyan had nothing to say as ‘he had said everything during the trial.’ He said he was ready to compensate Arkadi Vardanyan for the damages inflicted on him, but he did not want to admit guilt.

    Defendant Davit Hakobyan declared he was ready to answer for everything he had done.
    On June 17, 2012, Vahe Avetyan, head of ENT (ear-nose-throat) department at the Defense Ministry’s Yerevan garrison hospital, and his three friends [also army doctors] were subjected to violent at the Harsnakar Restaurant owned by former MP Ruben Hayrapetyan. After a 12-day fight for his life, Avetyan died in hospital on June 29 without regaining consciousness.The uproar following the death of the military doctor made Hayrapetyan renounce his mandate. Six people, including Ruben Hayrapetyan’s bodyguard, were arrested on charges of beating military physicians at the Harsnakar Restaurant. Garik Margaryan, Arman Baghdasaryan, David Adamyan, Arman Khachatryan, Norayr Hayrapetyan and Arthur Babloyan are charged with Article 112, Part 1 of the Armenian Criminal Code (causing life-threatening bodily injuries to two and more persons).

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