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“Gang Case” Trial Postponed Indefinitely

Discussed at the trial of the "gang case" yesterday was the question of including neurologist Astghik Karapetyan as an expert in the case. 

Judge Mesrop Makyan of the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Districts of Yerevan presented the expert, asking the parties whether they are against including her in the case. The parties did not object, and the judge declared that Karapetyan's professional skills correspond with including her as a neurologist-expert in the expert group. Then the trial was postponed for an indefinite period, and now the court will wait for the examination results, which will determine whether Kyaram Amoyan, who was absent in court yesterday due to illness, is able to participate in the proceedings. 

Recall, in this case there are 5 people arrested on charges in September 2011 on committing burglaries. Their lawyers claim their clients are being tortured and testimony obtained under such conditions shouldn't be admitted in court and become grounds for prosecution. 

One of the accused, Arman Dallakyan, 41, died on Sept. 7, 2013, in the hospital for prisoners. His mother told Epress.am that not only was her son beaten, but also his parents weren't allowed to take him his medication.