• Volodya Avetisyan sentenced to 6 years in prison (video)

    A Yerevan court has sentenced retired army colonel Volodya Avetisyan to six years in prison.

    The Court of General Jurisdiction of Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeytun Administrative districts also ruled that Volodya Avetisyan must pay $2000 [in confiscation] to the state budget.

    In his final speech made on July 17, Volodya Avetisyan, a retired colonel and a Karabakh War veteran, refused to plead guilty.

    Avetisyan was detained on September 20, 2013. The Karabakh war veteran is said to have received $2000 from an official of the Ministry of of Armenia under pretence of helping to exempt a relative of an Armenian citizen from compulsory military service.

    The public prosecutor earlier asked to sentence Avetisyan to 6.5 years of imprisonment.

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