Lawyers seek house arrest for Armenian businessman –

A committee of medical experts is looking into the possibility of allowing a top Armenian businessman, who was arrested in Moscow last week, to be confined to his house pending investigation or trial, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service ( reports.

Levon Hayrapetian is expected to be officially charged on July 24. Last Thursday, a Moscow court allowed his two-month imprisonment while investigators conduct a probe into his alleged criminal connections and involvement in some illegal financial dealings.

Ruben Markarian, the businessman’s lawyer, told that his client has some health problems that qualify him for the possibility of being placed under house arrest while investigation is in progress. A decision, according to him, is expected to be made by medical experts within two weeks. The lawyer filed the appropriate motion after the arrest.

Levon Hayrapetian was arrested by Russian Federal Security Service officials upon arriving in Moscow on July 15. The businessman is accused of financial machinations connected with a Russian oil company, Bashneft.

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