YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Defense Counsel in the "September 25" case said that charges of instigating mass disturbances brought against all five defendants were groundless. Attorneys for the defense demanded that the accused be acquitted and freed.
The defense counsel stressed that the prosecution did not have a single shred of evidence–and it was also noted that the arrests and imprisonment were also groundless.
According to the defense–State Prosecutor Georgy Pivazian based his speech on the preliminary testimony given by the defendants under duress.
Defense attorney Patvakan Khoudoyan said he was puzzled over the fact that the indictment included "a seizure of the building," while the seizure of the building and mass disturbances following last year’s Presidential elections in Armenia were different crimes and they had facts constituting the crimes. He urged the Judicial Board to pay attention to the fact that the indictment did not specify which actions were committed on the part of the accused.
Defense attorney Eleonora Manandian noted that although the names of Vazgen Manoukian–Paruyr Hairikian–Arshak Sadoyan and other opposition leaders were more often mentioned in the indictment than the names of the defendants–none of them were either held responsible for their actions–nor summoned to court.
Defense attorney Lousineh Sahakian thinks the charges brought against the defendants are borrowed from Soviet Law under which a man was responsible for witnessing mass disturbances–however–Armenia’s law does not provide for such punishment.
Defense attorney Vitaly Danilov said the defendants are being tried solely for their political views–which is not only a human rights violation but also an international crime.