Editor of opposition paper arrested in Yerevan

 

Ayk Gevorkyan, 45, editor of Aykakan Zhamanak, an opposition newspaper, has been arrested in Yerevan this morning, suspected in a car accident, as stated by Ashot Agaronyan, head of the PR section of Armenian police, News Armenia reports.

Gevorkyan is charged for violating the traffic rules and exploitation of vehicle and leaving a car accident.

Media say he was taken to the Nubareshensky Prison. Online sources say he has been on the wanted list since January 23. The police promised to give additional information later.

It is not the first case of persecutions against staff of Aykakan Zhamanak. Nikol Pashinyan, Editor-in-Chief of the paper, was trialed for disorders in 2008 and pardoned in 2011.

 

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