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President of “Civil Consciousness” liberal NGO Narek Samsonyan has been released.

He told reporters he had been apprehended on suspicion of possession of illegal weapons and ammunition, but was taken to the Department for Illicit Trafficking in Drugs.

“Nikol Pashinyan can sleep well tonight since he managed to take revenge over the last person having served in the army, being the deserter that he is. He apprehended us on the occasion of Armenian Army Day,” Samsonyan said.

He added that he had taken the opportunity and told the Department that the official in the car with license plate number 00HH001 is Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan who, based on Samsonyan’s information, uses narcotics. Samsonyan also said he hopes the Department deals with this case and checks to see if Mirzoyan uses narcotics or not.

Samsonyan linked his apprehension to Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and said he is personally responsible for all this.

Today, officers of the General Department of Criminal Police apprehended one of the co-founders of the opposition Adekvad party Artur Danielyan, Konstantin Ter-Nakalyan and members Grigor Minasyan and Azat Adamyan. Earlier, founder of VETO initiative Narek Malyan was also apprehended. They were all apprehended on suspicion of possession or carrying of illegal weapons and ammunition. After a while, the citizens were released.

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