YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


TWO PERSONS ARRESTED ON CASE OF ARMENIA TODAY COORDINATOR’S ASSAULT

On
July 11 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash
communities of Yerevan selected arrest as preventive punishment towards
two persons, accused for the murder attempt of Argishti Kivirian,
Coordinator of ARMENIA Today news agency. As it has been reported, on
April 30 at about 5.00, strangers with bats attacked Argishti Kivirian
on his way home from the office which is located in the next entrance.
Argishti Kivirian in grave health condition and with multiple injuries,
also on his head, was taken to hospital, where he spent a week under
in-patient treatment. Right after the incident the police instituted
criminal proceedings on Article 117 of RA Criminal Code, “Intentional
non-grave health injuries”, which was strictly criticized by lawyers,
human rights organizations. Later, the case was transmitted to the
Investigative Department of RA National Security Service, where the
case was requalified to Article 34-104 of RA Criminal Code, i.e.,
murder attempt (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, May 15-21, 2009).