February 19
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YEREVAN. – Armenia’s Sasna Tsrer armed group member Pavel Manukyan on Wednesday was released from courtroom.

A capital city Yerevan court granted his attorney’s motion to have Manukyan released on bail.

The Armenian reporter informed from the court that Pavel Manukyan’s relatives have posted the one million-dram (approx. US$ 2,060) bail that was set for his release. 

Defendants Armen Bilyan and Smbat Barseghyan, however, are still in custody in connection with the criminal case into the ten-member Sasna Tsrer armed group.

Earlier, the precautionary measure of remanding in custody that was implemented for the other defendants had been commuted, and they were released on the basis of personal pledges by several MPs.

In protest of the then authorities, the Sasna Tsrer armed group had taken over a police patrol regiment building in Yerevan, held hostages, but later had surrendered in July 2016. Three police officers were killed during the two-week standoff.

As reported earlier, Arayik Khandoyan, a member of this armed group, has passed away on Wednesday.

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