Javakhk activist Vahagn Chakhalyan released

Javakhk activist Vahagn Chakhalyan released

PanARMENIAN.Net - The leader of United Javakhk Democratic Alliance Vahagn Chakhalyan has been released Thursday, January 24, 5.40 pm Yerevan time, the activist’s lawyer Stepan Voskanyan told PanARMENIAN.Net

Earlier last week, Georgia freed 190 inmates considered political prisoners by parliament, under an amnesty that has deepened a power struggle in the former Soviet republic. About 3,000 prisoners will eventually be released under the amnesty approved in December by parliament, which has been dominated by Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili's ruling coalition since an election on Oct. 1. President Mikheil Saakashvili tried to block the amnesty last month but parliament overturned his veto, increasing strains between him and the new government and parliament.

Chakhalyan was arrested by Georgian authorities on July 21, 2008. He was given a 10-year sentence for “organization of large-scale events, public disturbance, hooliganism and illegal possession of weapons,” based on falsified evidence. Vahagn Chakhalyan’s case is currently being studied at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

 Top stories
The UN Secretary-General congratulated the Armenian people on the recent 23rd anniversary of national independence.
“This is where the path to Turkish-Armenian peace lies, at this time when we are approaching 2015,” the statement reads.
“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the destruction of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir ez-Zor,” Pallone said.
French President Francois Hollande’s initiative to host talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in Paris was discussed.
Partner news
15 Friends of Scotland

Top 15 of European states and regions where the population won independence against the will of the center or struggles to be recognized as independent.