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The verdicts in the criminal case on ten members of the Sasna Tsrer armed group were announced Wednesday at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan.

Accordingly, defendant Armen Bilyan was acquitted of the murder of police officer Gagik Mkrtchyan, recognizing and declaring his innocence in the accusation.

However, he was found guilty of several other acts and sentenced to nine years in prison, but the final sentence was reduced to four years and eleven months.

Also, his pretrial detention was lifted, and he was released from the courtroom.

Until the aforesaid prison sentence enters into force, a signature bond on not leaving Armenia was chosen as a precautionary measure against him.

As reported earlier, the trial of the criminal case on the Sasna Tsrer armed group ended Wednesday.

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

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

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