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"The National Security Service has brought no grounds for the arrest of the candidate for president of Armenia Vardan Sedrakyan," Alik Sirunyan, Sedrakyan's lawyer told ArmInfo. On March 5, the General Court of the Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Districts in Yerevan satisfied the petition of the National Security Service to apply a two-month arrest on Sedrakyan as a measure of restraint.
Afterwards, the candidate for president, folklorist Vardan Sedrakyan was invited to the Investigation Department of the National Security Service where charges were brought against him. Specifically, Sedrakyan is charged with organization of an attempt on the life of another candidate for president Paruyr Hayrikyan.
The lawyer said that Sedrakyan's defense will dispute the decision on the arrest already tomorrow, on March 7. "Unfortunately, we cherish no illusions with this, because with such accusation recognisance not to leave is impossible even in the Netherlands. This case is too one-sided and uncertain. We were presented neither proofs nor arguments in favor of the prosecution. We have nothing to do but protect by all possible level means," Sirunyan said.
The assassination attempt against Paruyr Hayrikyan, candidate for president of Armenia, Leader of the Union for National Self-Determination Party, was made in the Tpagrichnery Street in Yerevan on Jan 31. Hayrikyan was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in shoulder and underwent surgery. On Feb 8 the National Security Service of Armenia detained two men: Albert Poghosyan (1966) and Samvel Haroutiunyan (1972), who have already pled guilty. Later Vardan Sedrakyan said that the given persons had repaired his apartment.