YPC Weekly Newsletter

2010


COURT OF CASSATION REVOKED THE APPLICATIONS ON RECONSIDERATION OF NIKOL PASHINIAN’S JUDGMENT

On May 5 RA Court of Cassation revoked the applications on reconsideration of the decision of RA Criminal Court of Appeal on the case of Nikol Pashinian, Chief Editor of “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily (submitted by the defendant and prosecution parties). As it has been reported, on January 19, 2010 court of general jurisdiction sentenced Nikol Pashinian to seven years of imprisonment. On March 9, 2010 Criminal Court of Appeal, by applying an amnesty on Nikol Pashinian, cut down his unexpired term of imprisonment by half (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, March 5-11, 2010).

Both parties appealed the decision of the Criminal Court of Appeal. The lawyers of Pashinian demanded to acquit their client of all charges, while the prosecutor claimed to return him guilty not only for mass riots, but also for violence against a representative of power. The parties’ applications were not submitted to consideration, as, according to the Court of Cassation, they were not duly justified for reconsidering the decision of the Court of Appeal.