00:27 | October 7, 2018
Police in Armenia report that former National Assembly MP Karo Karapetyan, a member of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) was gunned down late last night at an eatery in Yerevan’s Nork Marash district.
21:53 | September 20, 2018
Reputed crime figure Artur Asatryan (aka Don Pipo), arrested on June 16 on kidnapping and illegal arms possession charges, was released today from pre-trial detention after paying bail of AMD 50 million ($103,640).
18:15 | September 17, 2018
After the raid, Hakobyan told reporters that the reason for the police search was because the website was the first to publish a secretly taped telephone conversation between National Security Service Chief Artur Vanetsyan and Special Investigative Service Chief Sasun Khachatryan.
12:50 | September 17, 2018
A Yerevan court today released six people, arrested on November 25, 2015 in Yerevan’s Nork district and charged with illegal arms possession and conspiracy to commit a series of serious crimes in Armenia, from pre-trial detention.
10:13 | September 12, 2018
“We have concrete evidence that Armenian military personnel fired automatic weapons in the direction of houses on Leo Street after someone tossed a Molotov cocktail from a balcony. In other words, the army fully participated in those events,” Khachatryan said.
13:02 | September 10, 2018
A Yerevan court today released Hayk Sargsyan, the nephew of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who has been charged with attempted murder and illegal arms possession, after paying bail of 50 million drams ($103,000).
16:56 | September 8, 2018
Shant Harutyunyan, the leader of the Tseghakron political party arrested on November 5, 2013 for organizing a march in Yerevan entitled “The Revolution of Values” and sentenced to six years imprisonment, was finally given the opportunity today to hold a press conference from within the walls of the Vardashen Correctional Facility.
16:27 | September 7, 2018
A Yerevan court is today reviewing the pre-trial detention issue of Hayk Sargsyan, nephew of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who has been charged with attempted murder and illegal arms possession.
15:52 | September 6, 2018
Supporters of Shant Harutyunyan, the leader of the Tseghakron political party arrested on November 5, 2013 for organizing a march in Yerevan entitled “The Revolution of Values” and sentenced to six years imprisonment, demonstrated outside the Prosecutor General’s Office today and called for his release.
14:39 | August 21, 2018
A Yerevan court today issued AMD 20 million bail for Edward Babayan, a bodyguard for businessman MP Gagik Tsarukyan, who was arrested on July 8 on charges that he beat a man in the office of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Armenia.
17:12 | August 15, 2018
A Yerevan court today approved lengthening the pre-trial detention of Artur Asatryan (aka Don Pipo), the shadowy criminal figure arrested on June 16 on kidnapping and illegal arms possession charges, for another two months.
00:12 | July 22, 2018
Lalayan was a member of the Reject Serzh and My Step movements that spearheaded political protests this spring leading to the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister on April 22.
12:51 | July 18, 2018
Defendant Pavel Manukyan told the court that Gagik Mkrtchyan, the policeman who was shot and later died during the July 2016 seizure of a Yerevan police building, was not shot by Armen Bilyan, who has been so charged, but by Edward Grigoryan.
18:19 | July 11, 2018
Marineh Papyan, a former coordinator of the European Union’s grants programs in Armenia arrested in April 2017 on swindling millions of drams from various EU programs over the years, is eligible for release from pre-trial detention if she pays AMD 10 million bail.
17:53 | June 27, 2018
Why Asatryan, now in detention, never appeared remains a mystery. Did he simply refuse to be taken to the court or was there another reason involved? The court failed to provide details.
17:05 | June 19, 2018
Manvel Grigoryan was brought to Yerevan’s Nor Nork Administrative Court today just hours after Armenia’s parliament stripped the former army general of his immunity as a legislator, thus allowing him to be prosecuted on illegal arms possession and embezzlement charges.
12:55 | June 15, 2018
Earlier today, Armenia’s Cassation Court overturned a lower court’s verdict sentencing former Artsakh Defense Minister Samvel Babayan and two others, Sanasar Gabrielyan and Armen Poghosyan for money laundering and attempting to smuggle a portable surface-to-air missile into Armenia and sent the case to the lowest court for a new examination.
16:43 | June 13, 2018
While the prosecuting attorney did not object to Nazaryan’s release, Hasmik Voskanyan, the wife of police officer Gagik Mkrtchyan, who was wounded during the seizure of the police building and later died in hospital, described the court’s decision as unjust.
16:28 | June 6, 2018
Two Yelk faction MPs paid 500,000 drams each and provided their personal guarantees to get Areg Kyureghyan, a member of the Sasna Dzrer group that seized a Yerevan police building in July 2016, released from pre-trial detention.
14:59 | June 5, 2018
Armenia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has decided to temporarily suspend the administrative powers of the mayor and deputy mayor of Masis pending a court case in which they are criminally charged with organizing and participating in assaults on April 22 against pro-Nikol Pashinyan supporters who were peacefully marching in Yerevan.
18:42 | June 4, 2018
NSS Press Center Chief Samson Galstyan relayed the news to Hetq. The underlying reason for Varbedian appearing on an official blacklist was that he belonged to a cult that threatened the security of the Armenia
10:08 | June 2, 2018
A Yerevan court today released Gevorg Hambardzumyan, who was arrested and charged with his cousin Masis Mayor Davit Hambardzumyan for attacking pro-Pashinyan supporters on April 22, from pre-trial detention.
22:37 | June 1, 2018
A Yerevan court has postponed until tomorrow its decision whether to keep Masis Mayor Davit Hambardzumyan and Masis Deputy Mayor Karen Ohanyan, charged with organizing and participating in assaults on April 22 against pro-Nikol Pashinyan supporters who were peacefully marching in Yerevan, behind bars pending the conclusion of the investigation.
18:02 | June 1, 2018
Masis Mayor Davit Hambardzumyan today was criminally charged with organizing and participating in assaults on April 22 against pro-Nikol Pashinyan supporters who were peacefully marching in Yerevan.
16:35 | May 30, 2018
National Security Service (NSS) Press Secretary Samson Galstyan has confirmed the news that NSS employees have converged on the main office of the Yerevan City chain of supermarkets to investigate a number of alleged infractions taking place within the chain owned by Republican Party of Armenia MP Samvel Aleksanyan.
17:53 | May 4, 2018
Investigators in Armenia started looking into the case in early 2016, after having received a report from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) about some accounting irregularities connected to a €120,000 grant made to the Martuni Student Council NGO.
02:52 | April 23, 2018
Police state that Avinyan has been arrested on suspicion of Article 225, Point 2, of the Criminal Code – using violence during mass disorder, damaging or destroying property, resisting representatives of the government, using explosives, and setting fires.
01:25 | April 23, 2018
Rustam Badasyan, Pashinyan’s attorney, told Hetq that he had telephoned the Sevan Police, only to be told that they had been holding Pashinyan but he had been transferred elsewhere.
21:04 | April 22, 2018
In an apparent response to the thousands now gathered in Yerevan’s Republic Square, the government has deployed police units and armored vehicle to Baghramyan Avenue, where the National Assembly and Presidential Palace are located.
18:01 | April 21, 2018
Yerevan police today detained and later arrested Armen Grigoryan, a political analyst and civic activist, on charges that he violated various administrative codes related to the organization of public rallies and marches.
00:12 | April 20, 2018
Shortly prior, the court satisfied the suit of Special Investigative Service investigator on the arrest of Tigran Mazmanyan, a civil activist. Thus, Mazmanyan was sentenced to a two-month imprisonment.
15:43 | April 19, 2018
In Armenia, these "detentions" are legally described as “administrative arrests”, when various municipal codes are violated. In most cases, police can only hold people for no more than three hours. Those not released by this deadline are then detained for further questioning and possibly face criminal charges.
20:54 | April 15, 2018
Pashinyan, apparently not concerned with tipping off law enforcement to the movement’s plans for tomorrow, told a crowd of several hundred people attending a rally this evening in France Square to wake-up early on Monday and launch various acts of civil disobedience at 8:15 a.m.
01:06 | April 10, 2018
The two detained individuals, Babgen Grigoryan and Varsenik Ouzounyan, were taken to the Kentron Police Station, this according to Civil Contract Vice-President Souren Papikyan.
16:42 | March 23, 2018
Today’s trial session in the August 1, 2017 murder case of four people at a funeral home in the Aragatzotn village of Shamiram had to be postponed due to the absence of defense attorney Kromvel Grigoryan.
12:21 | February 27, 2018
Armenia’s Court of Appeals today sustained a lower court’s verdict sentencing former Artsakh Defense Minister Samvel Babayan to six years behind bars for money laundering and attempting to smuggle a portable surface-to-air missile into Armenia.
17:03 | February 14, 2018
Security was tight today at the trial of Telman Kalashyan, accused of gunning four to death and injuring seven others at a funeral home in Aragatzotn village of Shamiram on August 1, 2017.
12:55 | February 8, 2018
A man found dead in a street in the Yerevan district of Avan on February 4 has been identified as Norayr Melkonyan, a 63-year-old Russian citizen who had earlier been charged with stealing a 1,050- dram bottle of vodka from a Yerevan grocery store (Krpak).
16:17 | February 2, 2018
The appeal case of former Artsakh Defense Minister Samvel Babayan, sentenced by a Yerevan court on November 28, 2017 to six years imprisonment for money laundering and attempting to smuggle a portable surface-to-air missile into Armenia, continued today at Yerevan’s Kentron and Nork Marash Administrative Court.
17:01 | January 16, 2018
In 2016, orphanage director Hasmik Mkrtchyan was charged with embezzling AMD 46 million from the institution. (The amount stolen translates to around US$ 93,000 at today's exchange rate).
14:52 | December 29, 2017
Harutyun Saribegyan, one of the nine individuals, including a former Armenian deputy defense minister arrested in 2015 on charges of illegal arms possession and planning to overthrow the government in Armenia and now on trial in a Yerevan court, has stopped his water strike but is still on hunger strike according to his lawyer.
20:05 | December 27, 2017
Smbat Barseghyan, a defendant in one the three Sasna Dzrer trials now underway in a Yerevan, today declared in court that it was due to the “chaotic situation in Armenia” that he and others are facing charges of seizing a Yerevan police station in July 2016.
14:12 | December 15, 2017
The trial of nine individuals, including a former Armenian deputy defense minister, arrested in 2015 on charges of illegal arms possession and planning to overthrow the government in Armenia, was postponed for two weeks.
20:30 | November 28, 2017
Alexandre Varbedian, banned from entering Armenia since 2002, has taken his case to the courts in Armenia, seeking to get his name removed from a list of “undesirable foreigners” compiled by the country’s National Security Service (NSS).
11:49 | November 28, 2017
On November 28, a Yerevan court sentenced former Artsakh Defense Minister Samvel Babayan to six years imprisonment for money laundering and attempting to smuggle a portable surface-to-air missile into Armenia.
12:50 | November 24, 2017
Inessa Petrosyan, Manukyan’s defense attorney, told reporters that the court alleges that her client failed to heed the instructions of the judge at the July 26 trial session and slandered his good name.
13:17 | October 16, 2017
Former Artsakh Minister of Defense Samvel Babayan, now on trial in a Yerevan court for money laundering and attempting to smuggle a missile launcher into Armenia, never showed up in court today due to a sore throat.
14:52 | October 4, 2017
Due to changes made in court cases of Sasna Dzrer defendants accused on seizing a Yerevan police building and taking hostages in July 2016., there will now be three separate trials.
14:42 | September 19, 2017
Relatives and supporters of Garo Yegnukian Չnow on trial for complicity in the seizure of a Yerevan police building in July 2016 by the armed Sasna Dzrer groupՃ detained earlier today at Republic Square in Yerevan for attempting to display photos of and distribute leaflets about political prisoners in Armenia to those attending the 6th Pan-Armenian Armenia-Diaspora Conference now taking place in Yerevan, have been released.
12:07 | September 19, 2017
Minutes ago, police detained the wife and children of Garo Yegnukian (now on trial for complicity in the seizure of a Yerevan police building in July 2016 by the armed Sasna Dzrer group) at Republic Square in Yerevan on suspicion that were about to place a bomb at the site.
23:40 | September 17, 2017
They told reporters that even though the government had decreased the fee from 10,800 AMD to 5,400 two days ago, the decision hadn’t been implemented and that they have been banned from transferring wood from the forest.
17:07 | September 13, 2017
Today’s trial session of the Sasna Dzrer defendants was postponed since most of the attorneys staged a boycott to protest what they claim are arbitrary personal and property searches by court bailiffs before they’re allowed to enter the courtroom.
19:03 | September 6, 2017
Today’s court session in the ongoing trial of the Sasna Dzrer defendants again was the scene of heated debate between defense attorneys and court bailiffs over the issue of what could be brought into the court.
17:31 | August 28, 2017
Former Artsakh Minister of Defense Samvel Babayan, now on trial in a Yerevan court for money laundering and attempting to smuggle a missile launcher into Armenia, today proclaimed his innocence, saying that authorities were out to get him.
22:09 | August 23, 2017
The trial, which commenced on June 8, has plodded along at a snail’s pace. Defense attorneys have walked-out in protest, and Judge Artoush Gabrielyan has sanctioned several of the attorneys and defendants for improper behavior.
18:29 | August 11, 2017
On December 19, 2015, Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) reported that Vahan Shirkhanyan, a former deputy defense minister of Armenia, was arrested on suspicion that he aided and abetted Artour Vardanyan, arrested earlier for organizing the criminal gang.
18:34 | August 2, 2017
Today’s trial of the Sasna Dzrer group members who seized a Yerevan police station last fall, ended with most of the defense attorneys absent from the courtroom and with the judge failing to discuss the issue of lifting a court ban on telephone calls and videotapes used introduced as evidence against the defendants.
13:10 | July 19, 2017
Judge Gabrielyan continued the trial. Taking into consideration that attorney Lusine Sahakyan left for vacation, and most likely other attorneys will also go on vacation, Judge Gabrielyan suggested that all the parties on this case take a leave from August 1 to 15.
14:47 | June 28, 2017
Judge Artoush Gabrielyan halted proceedings because the court bailiffs and security police banned the defendants’ attorneys from entering the court after they refused to be subjected to body searches and to present identity papers.
17:14 | May 18, 2017
Babloyan, in his acceptance speech, said he was honored that his colleagues expressed trust in him and promised to work diligently in the name of implementing pan-national objectives.
12:50 | April 21, 2017
Babayan was arrested on March 22, together with two other individuals, on suspicion of illegally obtaining and attempting to smuggle a 9K38 Igla Russian portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile.
23:44 | April 12, 2017
Yerevan police today tried to disperse relatives, who have been staging a sit-down protest outside the prosecutor’s office for the past two weeks, of those charged with committing violence against officers of the law during last June’s melee that occurred in the Sari Tagh neighborhood of the Armenian capital.
19:29 | April 2, 2017
Gurgen Asatryan, a candidate for parliament on the HAK-HHzK ticket, alleges that soldiers waiting to vote at the 37/14 polling station in the Tavoush community of Koghb are being instructed to cast their ballots for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).
00:25 | February 17, 2017
The plaintiffs, environmentalisst and residents of Gndevaz, are seeking to overturn the analyses of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Nature Protection stating that mining in the region will have no substantial negative effects on the environment.