STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–Judex Shakarian–the defense attorney of the former Defense Ministerof the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Samvel Babayan–stated that for the purpose of ensuring objectivity of the trial of the case of the March 22 assassination attempt on the Nagorno Karabakh Republic President–it is necessary that the trial be held in Armenia.
In this connection–the Nagorno Karabakh Republic General Prosecutor’s Office stated that the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was a de-facto independent state possessing all the attributes of statehood–including judicial power. Thus–it was difficult to understand Shakarian who tried to defend the interests of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic citizen–and at the same time ignored the state. It was stressed that the Prosecutor’s Office was guided only by the Criminal Code–according to which the case was to be considered in the Court situated in the district of a crime committed. The Prosecutor’s Office qualified Shakarian’s statement as farfetched and following one goal – to cast a shadow on the Nagorno Karabakh Republic judicial power by accusing it of incompetence–moreover–on the eve of bringing the case into court.