YPC Weekly Newsletter

2006


CHARGES ON YET ANOTHER ARTICLE OF CRIMINAL CODE INTRODUCED TO “ZHAMANAK-YEREVAN” EDITOR

On July 17 the RA General Prosecutor’s Office informed about a change in the
charge volume, introduced to the Chief Editor of “Zhamanak-Yerevan” daily Arman
Babajanian. As it has been reported, Arman Babajanian was arrested on June 27
on the charge of document fraud to avoid military service. Criminal proceedings
versus the Chief Editor of “Zhamanak-Yerevan” were instituted on Clause 2, Part
2, Article 327 of the RA Criminal Code (“Avoidance of military service,
summons and exercise”). According to the information, placed on the web-site
of the General Prosecutor’s Office, due to the new circumstances revealed in
the course of investigation, the charges against Arman Babajanian were extended
to include another article of the RA Criminal Code – 324, p. 2 (“Theft or spoilage
of documents, stamps, seals”). Besides, the General Prosecutor’s Office announced
Arman Babajanian’s mother wanted – for assistance in avoiding military service.

Meanwhile, the journalistic community continues to call on the prosecuting
agencies to change the preventive punishment of Arman Babajanian, who turned
30 years old on July 15.