15:06 | September 27, 2018
Dashtadem is a small village in Armenia’s Lori Province, located next to Armenian-Georgian border. Having more than 1,000 inhabitants in the 1960s, that number has dropped to some 200 today.
16:03 | September 17, 2018
Davit Hambardzumyan, the mayor Masis, a town in Armenia’s Ararat Province, charged with organizing and participating in assaults on April 22 against pro-Nikol Pashinyan supporters, was released from pretrial detention after he paid AMD 5 million bail.
15:04 | September 8, 2018
The director testified that in 2008, Abrahamyan (then President of the National Assembly) and other high-ranking officials impeded the company’s operation and demanded a 60% share of the stock, threatening that the mines would be closed otherwise.
11:26 | September 7, 2018
Armenia’s Special Investigative Service has told Hetq that it can’t provide details at the moment as to why it has invited Levon Yeranosyan, the former commander of the internal police forces, in for questioning.
12:57 | September 5, 2018
Lawyers for former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan say that yesterday’s decision by the Special Investigative Service (SIS) to prevent their client from leaving the country, by having him sign an affidavit to that effect, is illegal given an August 13 Court of Appeals ruling that Kocharyan has immunity and cannot be prosecuted for the March 1, 2008 post- election violence in Yerevan that killed ten.
18:15 | August 28, 2018
Poghos Hovhannisyan founded a dried fruit workshop- Chir’s House Guest Center - in Byurakan three years ago. Ever since, the family has been busy preparing the Armenian delicacy.
17:47 | August 22, 2018
Tandilyan said that such a proposal was met with skepticism by some, but that the government believes that having a second child is of strategic importance in improving Armenia’s demographic state of affairs.
13:18 | August 21, 2018
Artak Zeynalyan, currently serving as Armenia’s Minister of Justice, told reporters today that he will head the ticket of an alliance to be formed by the Hanrapetutyun (Republic) and Lousavor Hayastan (Enlightened Armenia) parties in the September 23 Yerevan Municipal Council election.
15:00 | August 20, 2018
Armenia’s Prosecutor General’s Office will appeal an August 13 ruling by the Court of Appeals that former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan cannot be prosecuted for the March 1, 2008 post- election violence in Yerevan that killed ten.
16:28 | August 13, 2018
Former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan today walked out of jail a free man after the country’s Court of Appeals ruled that he cannot be prosecuted for the March 1, 2008 post- election violence in Yerevan that killed ten.
16:10 | August 1, 2018
Defense attorneys of Armenia's second president Robert Kocharyan, had filed an appeal to overturn the court decision to detain Kocharyan, as his attorney Aram Orbelyan told Hetq. He said that they would be able to tell more information about a week later. The day of the court hearing is still unknown.
00:28 | July 28, 2018
A Yerevan court today decided that former Armenian deputy defense minister Yuri Khachatryan, charged with “usurping state power during the March 1-2, 2008 public protests in Yerevan, can be released from pre-trial detention if he pays AMD 5 million ($10,400) bail.
15:40 | July 27, 2018
Arayik Hakobyan, a member of the Sasna Dzrer group charged with the armed seizure of a Yerevan police building in 2016, was released from pre-trial detention today after three Tsarukyan Alliance MPs submitted their personal guarantees, and a 500,000-dram promissory note each, that Hakobyan would not flee prosecution.
15:15 | July 27, 2018
Hours after being charged with “usurping state power” during the March 1-2, 2008 public protests in Yerevan, former deputy defense minister Yuri Khachatryan appeared in court and publicly declared that he rejected the accusation.
02:38 | July 27, 2018
Explaining why ex-Armenian president Robert Kocharyan didn’t show up for his court hearing today to decide whether he’s to be held in pre-trial detention, his defense lawyer, Ruben Sahakyan, told reporters that his client wasn’t avoiding appearing in court but that he must receive proper notification.
16:26 | July 13, 2018
A Yerevan court today released Toros Torosyan and Vardan Geravetyan, Sasna Dzrer members now on trial for the armed seizure of a Yerevan police station in 2016, from detention while the trial continues.
15:04 | July 12, 2018
Yegnukian, a prominent opponent of the former Serzh Sargsyan regime, is being tried as part of a case against ten members of the Sasna Dzrer (Daredevils of Sasoun) group who seized a Yerevan police building in July of 2016. The official charges against Yegnukian have nothing to do with illegal arms possession or the taking of hostages; charges faced by the others.
16:09 | June 28, 2018
A Yerevan court today released Vardges Gevorgyan, a defendant in the Sasna Dzrer case, from detention based on the personal guarantees that he would not flee prosecution provided by Tsarukyan Alliance MPs Gevorg Petrosyan and Vahe Enfiajyan.
16:20 | June 21, 2018
A Yerevan court today released Garnik Hovakimyan, a Sasna Dzrer member now on trial for the armed seizure of a Yerevan police station in 2016, from detention while the trial continues.
13:08 | June 21, 2018
Armen Lambaryan, a member of the Sasna Dzrer armed group now on trial for seizing a Yerevan police building in July 2016, was released from detention for functional and neurological health reasons.
16:12 | June 15, 2018
Hovhannes Harutyunyan, a member of the Sasna Dzrer armed group now on trial for seizing a Yerevan police building in July 2016, had been released from detention for health reasons.
15:57 | June 14, 2018
A Yerevan court today released Artur Soghomonyan, a member of the Sasna Dzrer armed group now being tried for the seizure of a Yerevan police building in 2016, from detention while the court case proceeds.
18:10 | June 8, 2018
A Yerevan court today freed Sasna Dzrer defendant Aram Manoukyan from detention while his trial continues after nine MPs provided the court with personal guarantees that Manoukyan would not flee prosecution if released.
15:11 | June 8, 2018
The nine MPs – two from the Yelk Alliance and seven from the Tsarukyan Alliance – provided the court with personal guarantees that Manoukyan would not flee prosecution if released.
18:42 | May 29, 2018
One student asked why the rector allowed police to enter the university and detain peaceful protesters. Rector Simonyan responded that it was a security measure and that the doors of the university must remain open.
14:35 | May 17, 2018
Supporters of the Sasna Dzrer defendants now on trial in Yerevan continue to block traffic on Arshakunyats Avenue, demanding that the courts release them from detention as their court cases proceed.
18:11 | May 15, 2018
Khachatryan is charged with hindering the actions of law enforcement by remaining near the seized police building and staying in telephone contact with Sasna Dzrer members inside, feeding them reports of what was happening.
19:37 | May 14, 2018
Arayik Khandoyan and Ashot Petrosyan, two Sasna Dzrer members now on trial for the seizure of a Yerevan police station in the summer of 2016, have been on hunger strike for seven days now, demanding a general amnesty for all political prisoners in Armenia.
10:45 | May 2, 2018
Students have gone on strike at Yerevan’s the Khachatur Abovyan State Pedagogical University in Yerevan to protest yesterday’s National Assembly election rejecting Nikol Pashinyan’s candidacy for prime minister.
14:08 | April 22, 2018
People are said to have blocked the streets leading to the police station in Yerevan’s Shengavit District, where detained protest leaders Nikol Pashinyan, Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikayelyan are being kept.
17:10 | April 21, 2018
Anti-government protesters shut down traffic on the Noyemberyan-Bagratashen roadway for one hour today before Tavoush Provincial Governor Hovik Abovyan arrived on the scene, demanding that the protesters disperse.
16:18 | February 13, 2018
“I saw guys with truncheons; around ten guys. They removed the clubs hidden in their clothes,” said Tigran Mkrtchyan, who witnessed the clashes between demonstrators and cops on July 29, 2106 while on the way to his uncle’s house.
17:42 | February 9, 2018
Today’s trial of Harutyun Torosyan, Hrayr Isakhanyan, Andranik Kyoseyan and Yedvard Zeytounyan, accused of public disorder and physically assaulting police during the 2016 Sari Tagh demonstrations in Yerevan, had to be postponed yet again since State Prosecutor Gevorg Gevoryan failed to appear in court.
19:32 | January 30, 2018
Declaring that the whole world was watching, Martiros Hakobyan, now on trial in Yerevan for seizing a police station in the summer of 2016, stood in the courtroom and said that he was ready to be judged for what he had done, so long as the trial was conducted freely and fairly.
14:31 | January 11, 2018
At today’s trial at Yerevan's Avan and Nor Nork Administrative Court, defendant Armen Lamparyan declared that he was boycotting the session to show solidarity with two other Sasna Dzrer defendants (Armen Bilyan and Smbat Barseghyan) who’ve been on hunger strike.
17:01 | December 21, 2017
Five lawyers in one of the Sasna Dzrer trial underway in Yerevan staged a symbolic ten-minute strike today court to protest a bill the parliament passed yesterday allowing attorneys charged with improper conduct to be fined 100,000 drams instead of the current policy of reprimanding them.
18:34 | December 14, 2017
Shushanyan then argued that the prosecution’s charges against the defendants were general in nature, and called on the court to have the charges modified so that each defendant was accused with a specific set of charges.
20:37 | December 12, 2017
Defendants in one of the three Sasna Dzrer trials underway in Yerevan declared in court today that the charges levied against them (the July 2016 armed seizure of a Yerevan police station and hostage taking) were incorrect and unacceptable.
17:49 | December 12, 2017
Ashot Sukiasyan, a businessman found guilty of fraud and sentenced to sixteen years in an offshore scandal that rocked Armenian in 2013, has taken his case to the appeals court to have the original verdict overturned.
20:37 | December 5, 2017
Police Inspector Vilen Hambardzumyan, a prosecution witness in the Sari Tagh trial in Yerevan, today testified that local residents failed to heed his instructions to remain in their homes, and instead, threw stones at the police.
18:09 | December 4, 2017
The Court of Appeals in Armenia is now hearing a lawsuit filed by the Investigative Journalists NGO (the publisher of Hetq) to overturn a lower court’s decision absolving a senior investigator at the Special Investigative Service (SIS) from any wrongdoing when he denied handing over copies of a decision of the SIS to drop its criminal investigation into the offshore business interests of Mihran Poghosyan, a former head of the Armenia’s Compulsory Enforcement Service.
17:25 | December 1, 2017
At today’s court session in the case of Karen Vanoyan and Sargis Arabajyan, charged with physically assaulting Yerevan police during the July 2016 Sari Tagh disturbances, a police prosecution witness testified that some of the demonstrators were drunk and threw stones in the direction of the police.
19:23 | November 21, 2017
Police Inspector Rafayel Manukyan today testified in a Yerevan court that some of the demonstrators at the July 2016 Sari Tagh disturbance were drunk and that he witnessed one of his colleagues hit by rocks thrown by them.
17:56 | November 14, 2017
“My aim was to start negotiations between Sasna Dzrer and the regime to avoid fratricide,” Ghukasyan said, adding that the government was responsible for the mayhem that occurred in the Sari Tagh neighborhood on Yerevan.
16:36 | November 7, 2017
The lawyer for political activist Andreas Ghukasyan, who ran for president of Armenia in 2013 and is now being tried on charges stemming from the 2016 Sasna Dzrer incident, today motioned that the presiding judge in the trial recuse himself.
15:55 | October 24, 2017
Several defendants in today’s court session of the Sasna Dzrer case said their actions in July 2016, when they seized a Yerevan police station and held in for two weeks, was in response to the current government’s failed policies domestically and in Artsakh.
19:05 | October 21, 2017
81-year-old Volodya Poghosyan has been living in a landslide zone for a good part of his life. Poghosyan, and the six other members of his family, reside in Shatin, a village in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor Province.
18:56 | October 10, 2017
Political activist Andreas Ghukasyan, who ran for president in 2013 and is now under arrest and awaiting trial on charges stemming from the 2016 Sasna Dzrer incident, today petitioned a Yerevan court to be freed on 1.5 AMD bail.