RUSSIAN SOLDIER VALERY PERMYAKOV WHO MASSACRED ARMENIAN FAMILY TO STAND TRIAL IN MILITARY COURT

International Business Times UK
March 30 2015

By Tom Porter
March 30, 2015 10:59 BST

A Russian soldier who confessed to breaking into a home and killing
seven members of an Armenian family will be tried by a military court,
officials told Russia's Interfax news agency.

In January, Valery Permyakov, 18, who was based in the Armenian city
of Gyumri, confessed to shooting dead six members of the Avetisyan
family, including a two-year-old girl, in their home in the early
hours of 12 January 2015. A six-month-old baby died in hospital after
being fatally injured in the attack.

The motive for the mass killing remains unclear. Leonid Slutsky,
head of the State Duma's Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations With
Russian Nationals Abroad, said on 29 March that Permyakov would be
tried at the Russian army's base in Armenia, reports the Moscow Times.

Contradicting an earlier claim by Alexander Bastrykin, the head of
Russia's Investigative Committee, that Permyakov's trial would be
held in public, Slutsky said that military authorities had not yet
decided if the public would be given access to the trial.

A member of Armenia's National Assembly, Aleksandr Arzumanian, has
demanded that Permyakov be tried in an Armenian court, but Russian
authorities said that the attack is a "military crime" so falls under
the jurisdiction of Russian justice system.

Permyakov was caught attempting to the cross the Armenian border to
Turkey in the wake of the attack, reports Armenpress. The killings
provoked mass protests in Armenia, with demonstrators picketing the
Russian military base, and demanding that Permyakov stand trial in
the country.

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