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YEREVAN. – A Yerevan court of general jurisdiction on Wednesday resumed the hearing on the criminal case involving ten members of the Sasna Tsrer armed group.

Of these ten members, solely defendants Armen Bilyan and Smbat Barseghyan—who are charged with murder—are still in custody along the lines of this case.

The pretrial measure of custody that was in force for seven other members was commuted based the personal pledges submitted by MPs and they were released, while Sasna Tsrer member Pavel Manukyan was released on a 1mn-dram bail.

In protest of the then authorities, the Sasna Tsrer armed group took over a police patrol regiment building in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan and held hostages, but later surrendered in July 2016. Three police officers, however, were killed during the two-week standoff.

Criminal charges have been brought against 32 people in connection with this incident and related developments.

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