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by Ashot Safaryan
Armenian National Congress (ANC) activist Tigran Arakelyan has been set free in the courtroom on October 14. During the proceeding at the Court of Appeal, Judge Yeva Darbinyan read out the verdict. According to one of the items of the verdict, Arakelyan was declared not guilty, while another item said that Arakelyan was sentenced to three years in prison. The activist was eventually set free in the courtroom due to the amnesty.
To recall, the ANC activists were arrested on Aug 9, 2011, following an incident with law-enforcers near the Swan Lake in Yerevan. The activists saw the patrol and inspection service employees checking the documents of the passers-by and demanded that the police should ground their actions. However, the activists were detained and beaten.
The first instance court of Kentron-Nork Marash administrative districts sentenced Tigran Arakelyan to 6 years in prison, Artak Karapetyan - to 3 years in prison, Sargis Gevorgyan and David Kiramijyan - to 2 years in prison. The activists were charged with hooliganism and use of violence against officials. The Armenian National Congress qualified the court's verdict as a political put-up job.