Armenia: editor faces prison for organising mass protest
23 Oct 09

Nikol Pashinyan, editor-in-chief of prominent opposition newspaper Haykakan Zhamanak, faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years for “organising mass disorder”. Pashinyan was responsible for organising the March 2008 mass protests that followed the disputed presidential elections. Pashinyan went into hiding following the events, but gave himself in to police on 1 July. Pashinyan, however, argued that his actions in organising the protest were within the law. Moreover, his lawyer urged the court to change the judge hearing the case, as current judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan had been highly criticised for his handling of a similar case earlier in the year. The trial began on the 20 October. (IPI)

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