Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis reacts to developments in Yerevan

Strasbourg, 1 March 2008 - "I am very concerned about reports of
injuries during the security forces operation to disperse protesters in
Yerevan this morning. If these reports are confirmed, all allegations
of excessive force should be properly investigated. It is also vital
to prevent any further violence.

I am also alarmed by the reports that the runner-up in the recent
presidential elections, former President Lev Ter-Petrossian, has been
put under house arrest. If this is true, he should be immediately
released. If he is accused of committing a crime, he should be
properly charged and prosecuted in a court of law like anyone else.
In a democracy you cannot arbitrarily detain political opponents."

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