Armenian opposition party reports kidnap attempts

Armenian opposition party reports kidnap attempts

5 Apr 04


The Anrapetutyun [Republic] party has published a list of its members,
who have been unlawfully arrested and taken to police stations, over
the past several days.

On 4 and 5 April, the houses of some 20 party members were
searched. The party members themselves – including Suren Surenyants,
member of the party’s political board, and leaders of the party’s town
and community bodies – were taken unlawfully to police stations,
Anrapetutyun told Arminfo news agency. Some of them have now been
released and criminal cases have been launched against others.

Moreover, attempts were made to kidnap some party activists,
Anrapetutyun said. There were attempts to abduct Aramazd Zakaryan,
member of the political board of the Anrapetutyun; and two members of
the People’s Party of Armenia, Usik Grigoryan (in the town of
Charentsavan) and Karen Lazarian (in Gyumri).