ARMENIAN PARLIAMENTARIAN ARRESTED FOR COUP ATTEMPT HOSPITALIZED

Interfax News Service
July 30 2008
Russia

An Armenian parliamentarian arrested on suspicion of organizing riots
and a coup attempt in Yerevan on March 5 was hospitalized on Wednesday,
an official with the Armenian Justice Ministry told Interfax.

The parliamentarian, Myasnik Malkhasyan, and his colleagues Akop
Akopyan and Sasun Mikayelyan, were arrested following the events that
occurred in Yerevan on March 5, when ten people were killed and over
250 were injured in clashes between the opposition and police.

Malkhasyan and Akopyan have been charged with "mass riots" and
"usurpation of the state power." Mikayelyan has also been charged with
"illegal purchase, storage and possession of weapons."