Harsnakar case: Defense attorney appeals sentence in a higher cour

Yerem Sargsyan, the lawyer of Norayr Hayrapetyan, one of the six men sentenced to 12 years in prison in the Harsnakar case, has turned to the Court of Appeals.

Talking to A1+, the attorney said they are disputing the verdict of a lower court which violated the right to a fair trial, besides; all defendants were charged with abstract accusations.

On March 24, Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan’s Avan and Nor Nork districts completed the trial in the Harsnakar case, sentencing the six defendants – Garik Margaryan, Arman Baghdasaryan, David Adamyan, Arman Khachatryan, Norayr Hayrapetyan and Arthur Babloyan – to 12 years’ imprisonment.

They were arrested on charges of beating four military physicians – Vahe Avetyan, Arkadi Aghajanyan, Edgar Nikoyan and Artak Bayadyan – at the Harsnakar restaurant owned by former MP Ruben Hayrapetyan.  The tragic incident happened on June 17, 2012, After a 12-day fight for his life, Avetyan died in hospital on June 29 without regaining consciousness.