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The Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan has ruled the head of Berd town of Armenia’s Tavush Province, Harutyun Manucharyan, be arrested for a month. Manucharyan's lawyer, Arman Tamrazyan, told this to Armenian News-NEWS.am.

Manucharyan has been charged with abuse of office and official forgery, but does not accept the accusation leveled against him.

"Harutyun Manucharyan has been arrested without grounds and illegally," his lawyer said.

According to him, the Investigative Committee of Armenia had an insatiable desire to prosecute the head of Berd, and therefore conducted an investigation in all spheres related to his activities during his tenure.

As per the attorney, the mayor of Berd was arrested on the grounds that he did not apply a measure of administrative accountability.

"The investigator wrote in his decision that Harutyun Manucharyan had known since January 2018 that his son was carrying out illegal construction, but has not provided any evidence on it to the court," Arman Tamrazyan said.

According to the lawyer, Manucharyan was twice called for questioning in 2019.

Arman Tamrazyan considers the arrest of the head of Berd community as a punishment by the authorities.

The attorney will appeal the aforesaid ruling by the court of first instance to the Court of Appeal.

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