Samvel Babayan, a former defense minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, will stay in custody. The Criminal Court of Appeal today upheld the decision of a lower court, considering the arrest of the prominent opposition figure as grounded.
Samvel Babayan was arrested last month hours after the National Security Service (NSS) claimed to have confiscated a Russian-made surface-to-air Igla system. The NSS later claimed that Samvel Babayan had paid two other men to smuggle the weapon from Georgia.
Babayan, who denies the accusation, was not brought to court today. His lawyer Avetis Kalashyan, refrains from assessing his arrest at this moment and further developments will show it. After receiving the court papers the lawyer is going to file a cassation complaint.