YEREVAN. – I don’t know what doesn’t apply now, or it doesn’t apply to whom, since I don’t follow the trial of the Sasna Tsrer group.
Ruling Republican Party of Armenia MP, former Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan, on Monday told the aforementioned to reporters at parliament.
When asked about his earlier statement, according to which the sentences will be more lenient for the Sasna Tsrer members who lay down their weapons during the takeover of the police patrol regiment building, Kostanyan said he did not make such a statement.
“I said that if the people that committed crimes are charged under Articles 218 (takeover of buildings) and 219 (hostage taking) put down their weapon and return the buildings, release the hostages, they are not subject to accountability under the Criminal Code, if their actions don’t contain other elements of crime,” he noted.
The former attorney general added that what he said was quoted literally from the Criminal Code of Armenia.
The Sasna Tsrer armed group took over a police patrol regiment building in capital city Yerevan, held hostages, but later surrendered in July 2016.