Released Armenian activist not imprisoned for working for Russian sp

Released Armenian activist not imprisoned for working for Russian
special services – Georgian minister
January 26, 2013 | 09:33

TBILISI. – Armenian activist Vahagn Chakhalyan, who was released from
prison Thursday in Georgia, was not serving his sentence on charges of
working for the Russian special services, as claimed by Georgian
President Mikheil Saakashvili’s – now opposition – United National
Movement (UNM) party. Sozar Subari, Georgia’s Minister of Corrections
and Legal Assistance, stated this in response to UNM’s statement on
Chakhalyan’s release.

Subari explained that the Armenian activist was sentenced to prison on
charges of disturbing public order, the minister said on Rustavi 2
television, Novosti Gruzia News Agency reports.

As Armenian informed earlier, Armenian activist Vahagn
Chakhalyan was released Thursday evening in Georgia after spending
five years in jail. In 2009 he was sentenced to ten years on charges
of organizing events that disturb public order, possession of weapons,
and hooliganism. In the meantime, Chakhalyan’s release was strictly
condemned by the former ruling party run by incumbent President
Mikheil Saakashvili.