YPC Weekly Newsletter

2013


COORDINATOR OF ARMENIA TODAY INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETED

On November 28, the RA Special Investigative Service closed the investigation of the incident between the Police and the ARMENIA Today news agency coordinator Argishti Kivirian and submitted the case to the court. ARMENIA Today informed of these developments on the same day in the “Argishti Kivirian’s Case Submitted to Court” piece.

As it has been reported, Argishti Kivirian was detained on August 24, 2013, during the public protests against the construction of a residential building in the vicinity of 5 Komitas avenue in Yerevan. According to the journalist, the law-enforcers beat him in the police car. Argishti Kivirian was summoned to the Arabkir Police Department of Yerevan with injuries and bruises on his face, from where the ambulance transferred him to “Erebuni” medical center. On August 25, upon the report of one of the police officers, who transported the journalist to the police department, the police instituted criminal proceedings against him, which were later redirected to the RA Special Investigative Service. In his turn, Argishti Kivirian addressed the Police with a statement about the use of force during his detention. The RA Special Investigative Service indicted the journalist by charges of RA Criminal Code Article 316 (“Violence against a representative of the authorities”) and Article 333 (“False Denunciation”) considered it unproven that the Police used force against him (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, November 8-14, 2013).