Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission has registered as a mayoral candidate an arrested member of an armed group that seized and held a police station in Yerevan for two weeks in a deadly standoff with security forces last month.
“Zhoghovurd” suggests that the nomination of Arayik Khandoyan, an arrested member of the Sasna Tsrer group that seized and held for two weeks a police station in Yerevan last month, as a candidate for mayor in his home village of Tsaghkahovit has created a rather interesting situation.
Senior member of the opposition New Armenia movement Andrias Ghukasian charged with organizing mass disturbances during a July 29 protest will, for now, remain in custody pending trial, an appeals court in Yerevan ruled on Wednesday.
Workers of the Office of Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) reported no complaints from seven members of an armed group who were wounded before being arrested by security forces during last month’s two-week-long standoff over a seized police station in Yerevan.
Artur Sakunts, Armenia’s leading human rights activist who represented the interests of some of the relatives of a slain Armenian family during the high-profile trial of a Russian soldier convicted of the murders, says the speculation about whether or not Valery Permyakov will be handed over to Russia is a moot point, since he has controversially been kept in Russian custody all the while.
A senior representative of a fringe opposition group that has so far avoided participating in electoral processes in Armenia has urged a jailed activist who presented a bid last week to run for a mayor in his home village to stay out of the election.