YPC Weekly Newsletter

2002


COURT PROCEEDINGS ON THE CASE OF LIBEL UPON THE PRESIDENT OF ARMENIA UNDER WAY

On August 28 at the court of primary jurisdiction of Vedi, Ararat region, the trial of the unemployed Janik Adamian and the typist Jemma Sahakian on the charge of  disseminating libel upon RA President RA Robert Kocharian. On June 14, 2002, Janik Adamian pasted leaflets with self-composed verses in the popular areas of Ararat city (Ararat region). The verses accused the Armenian President of being partial to the terrorist attack in the Parliament of the country on October 27, 1999. On June 15 Janik Adamian was arrested; Jemma Sahakian, who had typed the verses, was also charged as an accomplice. 

At the court session of September 4 the attorney of defendant Adamian, Hovik Arsenian, petitioned the court to discontinue the proceedings in the absence of corpus delicti. The lawyer’s petition was declined, and Hovik Arsenian voiced his intention to challenge the judge at the next session of September 6.