[04:04 pm] 01 September, 2008

Today the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash
districts started the trial of former Deputy Prosecutor General Gagik
Jhangirian. The latter is accused under Article 316 of the Criminal
Code /violence against a government representative/.

The court-sitting was presided over by Jora Vardanian. The presentees
welcomed Gagik Jhangirian with warm applause and acclamation.

Employees of the sixth department could be seen in the front rows. They
had come to support their fellow co-worker, Armenian singer Shushan
Petrossian's husband Arman Harutiunian who presents the - injured

During Jhangirian's speech Arman Harutiunian stood up and began
railing at Jhangirian's relatives. He calmed down only after the
police forced Harutiunian off the court room.

Taking into account the incident and the fact that the judge's son
is involved in the Investigation group Advocate Lusine Sahakian
demanded Jora Vardanian's resignation. The judge retired to the
consultation room.

In his addressing speech Gagik Jhangirian said "the Goddess of Justice
has abandoned Armenia as not only the executive but also the judicial
powers are usurped in the country," he said.