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YEREVAN. – The court session on the case of Ara Babloyan, former speaker of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia, and Arsen Babayan, former Deputy Chief of Staff of the NA, resumed Thursday.

The court examined Babloyan's lawyer Aram Vardevanyan's motion to drop the criminal prosecution against his client.

The attorney said that the criminal prosecution was carried out with obvious violations, and the indictment was confirmed and sent to court without any investigative action.

The prosecution objected to the motion, arguing that until the evidence was examined in court, the latter could not give an assessment on commuting in the charges.

The court left for the deliberation room to render a decision, which is expected to be announced today.

According to the indictment, Ara Babloyan, as the NA speaker in 2018, had abused his official powers, which negligently caused grave consequences, and committed official fraud.

According to the indictment, Arsen Babayan, as acting Deputy Chief of Staff of the NA on March 5, 2018, had assisted then-NA speaker Ara Babloyan and several other officials in abusing their official powers, which negligently caused grave consequences, and committed official fraud.

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