Armenian jails opposition editor over 2008 protests

The editor of an Armenian opposition newspaper was sentenced to seven years in jail on Tuesday over violent protets.

Armenian jails opposition editor over 2008 protests

The editor of an Armenian opposition newspaper was sentenced to seven years in jail on Tuesday over violent protets between police and protesters in March 2008 after the election of President Serzh Sarksyan.

Haykakan Zhamanak (Armenian Times) editor Nikol Pashinyan was acquitted of using violence against a police officer but found guilty of inciting mass disorder.

His defence lawyer said he would appeal against the verdict.

Eight protesters and two police officers died when opposition demonstrators and police clashed in the former Soviet republic after Sarksyan defeated opposition presidential challenger Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

Pashinyan fled but later came out of hiding when authorities announced an amnesty for those who would be sentenced to up to five years in jail.

Some 100 people were arrested during a state of emergency after the violence, in which authorities accused the opposition of trying to overthrow the government.

Rights groups and the Armenian opposition accuse Sarksyan's government of pursuing politically motivated trials over the unrest and failing to investigate accusations that the police used excessive force. The government denies the accusations.


Reuters



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