In the last few days discussions about releasing Shant Harutyunyan became heated especially after Harutyunyan’s son’s speech. At a September 6 Media Center discussion Artur Sakunts, head of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor office, Vardan Harutyunyan, head of center of right and freedom and Hovsep Khurshudyan, head of Free Citizen NGO presented their views regarding the issue.
Artur Sakunts says that Shant Harutyunyan was convicted for his political activity and the court resolution was definitely groundless.
“The proofs were based on police evidence. According to EC summit resolutions charges based solely on police evidence should be suspected about. The issue must be solved within the frames of the law, either by carrying out criminal proceedings against Shat Harutyunyan or releasing him. There is no political explanation that Harutyunyan is not a political prisoner. And there is no political position that he must be in prison. Vice versa there is a position that he must be released.”