Armenian authorities arrested the former director of the National Security Service (NSS) and leader of the Homeland Party, Artur Vanetsyan, the lawyers of the politician told media.
Vanetsyan was arrested over the alleged plot of violating the following articles of Armenia’s Criminal Code: Article 235. Illegal procurement, transportation or carrying of weapons, ammunition, explosives or explosive devices; Article 300. Usurping state power; Article 305. Assassination of a state, political or public figure. In other words, he was allegedly planning an assassination of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the anti-Armenian and pro-Western policies of whom led to the current crisis in Armenia and the loss of the Nagorno-Karabakh war. NSS employees also searched the house of Vanetsyan’s parents.
“The flight of thought of the authorities, capable of “creativity” to silence political opponents only within the state, gave rise to accusations of preparations for the usurpation of state power and the murder of Nikol Pashinyan,” Lusine Sahakyan, one of Vanetsyan’s lawyers, told media.
Frist allegations that leaders of four opposition parties and eight other opposition figures were suspected of organizing a rally during martial law and disclosing state secrets appeared on November 12. All suspects are supporters of 17 opposition forces that created the Rescue Committee demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Pashinyan. The government responded to rallies organized by the opposition with mass arrests.
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