by Tatevik Shahunyan
Sentencing Karabakh war veteran Volodya Avetisyan for 6 years in jail is a political put-up job aimed at suppressing freedom of speech and expression of the people's will, says Heritage Party's statement sent to ArmInfo.
Heritage considers Volodya Avetisyan to be a political prisoner and urges people to join efforts to create free and law-governed statehood.
To note, on July 17, the Trial Court of Yerevan's Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeitun communities sentenced Avetisyan to six years in jail. Avetisyan pleads non-guilty. He says that the ruling regime is just punishing him for the protest action he organized before the arrest.
Avetisyan was arrested on 19 Sept 2013. On Sept 20, 2013, Armenia's Defense Ministry reported that Avetisyan took a $2,000 bribe from some Zakaryan against promise to exempt his grandson from military service. Avetisyan's comrades are sure that the charge has been framed up. Before the arrest Avetisyan held a sit-down strike in Liberty Square to claim better social conditions for Nagorno- Karabakh war veterans.
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