Amnestied Oppositionist Sasun Mikaelyan Doesn’t Admit His Guilt


May 27, 2011 – 18:31 AMT

Former member of the Armenian parliament Sasun Mikaelyan amnestied on
May 27, does not admit his guilt, believing the authorities actions
towards him a mistake.

As Mikaelyan told journalists, he plans to continue his political
activity in the frames of Armenian National Congress (ANC).

Mikaelyan confessed to have not altered his attitude to Armenian
President Serzh Sargsyan who he was friendly with in past. “Although
unable to cooperate in political issues, we’ve been brothers-in-arms,
fighting against a common enemy,” he stressed.

Former member of the Armenian parliament Sasun Mikaelyan, who was
convicted in the March 1, 2008 case, was released on May 27. Mikaelyan
had been sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment for illegal weapons
possession since March 2008. In December 2009, he underwent a cardiac

President Sargsyan offered the National Assembly to declare amnesty
on occasion of the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence, the
proposal being based on article 81.1.1 of the RA Constitution and
article 90 of the law on National Assembly regulations. With a vote
91-0, the Armenian parliament approved Thursday, May 26, President
Serzh Sargsyan’s proposal for declaration of amnesty for 396 people
to be released and 379 to have their sentence cut.

>From February 20, 2008, the Armenian opposition led by first president
Levon Ter-Petrossian, who ran for presidency in 2008, but was not
elected, held rallies in the central part of Yerevan, protesting
against the election results. The protest actions resulted in unrest
and clashes between the police and rally participants on March 1-2.

According to the Office of RA Prosecutor General, around 200 people
were injured, 10 people were killed, and over 100 people were arrested.

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