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Leader of the Union for National Self-Determination Party Paruyr Hayrikian thinks the court verdict against former candidate for president Vardan Sedrakyan is light for organizing an assassination attempt against him. Talking to ArmInfo, Hayrikian said that 14 years in prison is a very light sentence, but he is not holding a grudge "the more so as Sedrakyan has not ordered the attempt on my life."
He said that the court has not exposed all the circumstances of the case and left unpunished the person who is behind that assassination attempt.
"The court rejected the petition for interrogation of a citizen of Russia who sent $100,000 to Sedrakyan. This means that the judicial system is not independent," Hayrikian said.
From the very beginning of the assassination attempt against him, Hayrikian has seen "a Russian trace" in that incident. He demanded the court to summon and interrogate the citizen of Russia who sent money to Sedrakyan. However, the court rejected his petition.
Former candidate for president of Armenia, folklorist Vardan Sedrakyan has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on 23 September.
According to ArmInfo's correspondent, two other defendants, Khachik Poghosyan and Samvel Haroutiunyan, received 14 and 12 years in prison, respectively.
To recall, Vardan Sedrakyan is charged with organization of the assassination attempt against Paruyr Hayrikian, former candidate for president. A criminal case was initiated on Article 34-305 of the Criminal Code of Armenia (assassination attempt against a statesman, political figure or public worker in order to stop his activity).
The case was in charge of the National Security Service. On Feb 8 the National Security Service of Armenia detained two men: Khachatur Poghosyan (1966) and Samvel Haroutiunyan (1972), who have already pled guilty. Sedrakyan, however, does not plead guilty.