April 20
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YEREVAN. – The people who were apprehended Friday from the yard of the court where the matter of the arresting Gagik Tsarukyan—chairman of the opposition Prosperous Armenia Party, MP, and business tycoon—is being examined, did not wear face masks. Policeman Levon Ghazaryan said this in a conversation with journalists outside the court.

"In carrying out their legal action, the police may also use force in cases provided by law. They [Tsarukyan’s supporters demonstrating outside the court] started arguing with the police officers for not wearing face masks, and they [the supporters] did not fulfill the legal requirement," Ghazaryan added.

And asked whether these apprehensions of the citizens by the police were proportionate, he responded: "Those carrying out police service can also use physical force during a detention. The police respectfully approach [citizens], introduce themselves, present the law violation, but the citizens avoided presenting their personal data.”

The Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan on Friday is considering the National Security Service’s petition to remand Gagik Tsarukyan in custody.

As reported earlier, Tsarukyan has been charged with orchestrating vote buying. But he does not accept the charge and says it as illegal.

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