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YEREVAN. – Eduard Aghajanyan, the attorney of Valery Permyakov—a serviceman of the 102nd Russian Military Base in Armenia’s Gyumri town and who has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Avetisyan family of this town—has filed an appeal with respect to the decision of the first instance court.

Aghajanyan told NEWS.am that the appeal was filed on Wednesday.

“I can’t reveal the content of the appeal,” noted the attorney. “[But] I will say only that it refers to the illegal attempt of crossing the border [into Turkey].”

In his defense statement, Eduard Aghajanyan had recorded that the defendant, Permyakov, pleaded guilty to murder. But the defense attorney had argued that his client was not guilty of illegally attempting to cross the border.

The aforesaid murder took place on January 12, 2015. According to the indictment, Valery Permyakov entered the Avetisyan family home on that day, and he killed home residents Aida Avetisyan, Hasmik Avetisyan, Seryozha Avetisyan, Armen Avetisyan, Araksya Poghosyan, and little girl Hasmik Avetisyan. Subsequently, he stabbed 6-month-old Seryozha Avetisyan five times. The baby boy died in the hospital one week later.

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