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YEREVAN. – The hearing on the criminal case into Armenia’s Sasna Tsrer armed group members has resumed Wednesday, at the capital city Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction.

But solely defendants Armen Bilyan and Smbat Barseghyan are still in custody in connection with the case into the ten-member armed group.

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

And defendant Pavel Manukyan was released on a one million-dram (approx. US$2,060) bail.

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.

Arayik Khandoyan, a member of this armed group, had passed away recently.

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