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A group of residents from Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), Armenia, on Saturday are holding a demonstration at the beginning of the road leading to Zvartnots International Airport of capital city of Yerevan.

An organizer of this protest told Armenian that they demand the arrest—yet again—of ex-MP and retired General Manvel Grigoryan, who is charged with illegal possession of weapons and ammunition and with embezzlement.

“Also, we demand that he be deprived of the rank of ‘general,’” the activist added. “We don’t want a meeting with anyone; we just want our demands to be fulfilled.”

On December 21, 2018 the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction released Manvel Grigoryan from custody on an AMD 25mn (approx. US$51,600) bail. The Prosecutor General’s Office, however, has appealed this decision to the Criminal Court of Appeal.

Grigoryan was remanded in custody on June 19, and by the decision of the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction.

He is charged with unlawfully acquiring and possessing weapons and ammunition, as well as committing large-scale embezzlement. In particular, it is about the appropriation of the aid that was sent during the days of the four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), in April 2016. 

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