MOTHER OF ZHIRAYR SEFILIAN, FORMER COMMANDER OF SHOUSHI SPECIAL BATTALION SERVING PUNISHMENT, PASSES AWAY
Nov 12 2007
YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 12, NOYAN TAPAN. Sima Taskalian, the mother
of Lieutenant-Colonel Zhirayr Sefilian, the Coordinator of the In
Defence of Liberated Territories public initiative, former Commander
of the Shoushi special battalion, passed away in Beirut, at the age
of 71. As Noyan Tapan correspondent was informed by the office of
the organization In Defence of Liberated Territories, S. Taskalian
was seriously ill lately.
It should be mentioned that Z. Sefilian, as well as another participant
of Karabakh war, V. Malkhasian, a member of the Homeland and Honor
party’s Political Board, were arrested on December 10, 2006. The
Investigation Department of the National Security Service instituted
a criminal case against them, on the signs of Article 301, RA Criminal
Code (public appeals for overthrowing the RA constitutional system by
force) and point 1, Article 235, RA Criminal Code (illegal keeping of
arms). Later, as a result of the judicial procedure, the accusation
brought to Z. Sefilian by Article 301 was withdrawn.
According to the sentence of the first instance court of Kentron –
Nork-Marash communities of Yerevan passed in July of the current year,
Z. Sefilian was sentenced to imprisonment of a year and a half and
V. Malkhasian to imprisonment of two years.