A number of people were detained Friday evening on suspicion of creating a fake account named Gagik Soghomonyan on Facebook.
Employees of the National Security Service detained the co-founder of Quartet Media Karen Bekaryan when he was home. A search was also carried out in the office of the former Chief of Staff of the Armenian National Assembly Ara Saghatelyan and two other adjacent offices, after which Ara Saghatelyan was brought to the National Security Service (NSS). Lawyer Mikael Shkhimyan wrote on his Facebook that his client, Mher Avagyan, was knocked to the ground and videotaped in the presence of the NSS building to stage a show.
Azerologist Anzhela Elibegova and constitutional expert Gohar Meloyan were also detained by the NSS but were later released. Friday night, Legal Way NGO co-founder Ruben Melikyan told reporters in front of the NSS building that Karen Bekaryan, Ara Saghatelyan, and Mher Avagyan had been arrested as well.
Immediately after this information became known, the fake user 'Gagik Soghomonyan' shared a post, shortly after which another person was arrested, Melikyan noted adding that the arrested person was also in the NSS building. Thus, the number of arrested has reached 4 at the moment.