Pashinyan decapitates opposition

Pashinyan decapitates opposition

Ten opposition leaders were detained within the framework of the criminal case initiated by Armenia's Special Investigation Service in connection with the organization and holding of rallies by high-ranking officials, as well as other persons, in violation of the law, the service's press service said.

Chairman of the Prosperous Armenia opposition party Gagik Tsarukyan, representative of the Dashnaktsutyun opposition party, head of the Yerkir Media TV channel Gegham Manukyan, vice-chairman of the opposition Republican Party Eduard Sharmazanov, deputy head of the opposition party "Rodina" Ara Sahakyan, as well as opposition figures Suren Surenyants and David Hambardzumyan were detained.

Former director of the National Security Service, chairman of the Homeland party Artur Vanetsyan was arrested on charges under the article "Organization of mass riots" and "Violation of the rules for handling documents or computer information containing state secrets."

Heads of the opposition parties "National Security" Garnik Isaghulyan and "One Armenia" Ghazinyan, representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-ARF Dashnaktsutyun Party Ishkhan Saghatelyan were detained under the article "Violation of the rules for handling documents or computer information containing state secrets".

In addition, activists Vahagn Chakhalyan and Hrachya Ghukasyan have been included in this criminal case as suspects, and a signature bond not to leave Armenia was chosen as a pretrial measure against them.

On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would remain on the positions they hold and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region. Besides, Armenia and Azerbaijan should carry out the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed. Aghdam region will be returned to Azerbaijan before November 20, Kelbajar region - before November 15, Lachin region - before December 1.

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