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Opposition newspaper chief editor sentenced seven years in jail in Armenia

19 January 2010 [14:48] - TODAY.AZ
The verdict against oppositional Haykakan Zhamanak daily chief editor Nikol Pashinyan was delivered in the Nork-Marash district court of Armenia on Jan. 19.
He was accused of organizing mass riots and use of force against policeman.

Pashinyan was acquitted by the court under Armenian Criminal Code article 316 (use of force against authority), however he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment under the 255 article (organizing mass riots).

The defense repeatedly stated that prosecution failed to provide any proof of Pashinyan’s guilt.

After March 1, 2008 events he went underground, afterwards yielding himself to authorities on July 1, 2009.


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