Matevosyan is one of the leaders of the national movement that began in the
autumn of 2007.He’s also a member of
the 2008 presidential election campaign managing group of Levon Ter-Petrosyan,
the first president of RA, and plays a leading role in his political team. He
is known as balanced and reasonable person.
1996, he was appointed Vice-Governor of Syunik Marz, which is the second
largest territorial division in Armenia.
1999-2000 he was in charge of “Hayantar” the governmental office accountable
for the whole forestry of the country. Here he offered many legislative
improvements and some of them were passed by the National Assembly, and are
still effectively functioning. He is held in high respect among ecologists, and
during his officiating an important dialogue began with several international
being disappointed with the regime ruled by Serge Sargsyan and Robert
Kocharyan, police lieutenant-colonel Davit Matevosyan voluntarily left his
governmental job and began his struggle for democracy and freedom as a citizen,
and since 2006 also as politician, returned to active political life.
violence and illegal coercion to Davit started in 2006, when he began actively
politicizing and expressed himself against the policy implemented by the
government. He was one of the founders of civil and political initiative
“Aylntranq” /”Alternative”/ and a member of coordinating committee. In 2007 he
was a deputy candidate in the oppositional “Impeachment” block during the
On May 9,
2007 on Nalbandian street,
violence was implemented against the peaceful rally of the opposition near the
building of Service of National Security. As a result Davit Matevosyan was
brutally beaten and kidnapped by the police. Davit was set free only due to the
demonstrators, who bravely kept on standing near the building and demanded the
release of the kidnapped activists. No one took responsibility for this clash.
23, 2007, Matevosyan, along with a group of activists, was detained at about 3
p.m. and illegally kept in the police department of Kentron, Yerevan till 3 a.m. of the next day. That day
Davit’s 18-year-old son was detained with him.
Presidential Elections period the police has kidnapped his son and his under-age daughter from the street several times and kept illegally
in order to gather information about their father’s activities.
morning on March 1, 2008, after an hour of violent attack on the peaceful
demonstrators on the Liberty
representatives of Law enforcement agencies detained and brought Matevosyan to
the police department of Qanaqer-Zeitun, where he was illegally kept for 2
investigation was carried out with serious violations of law. Matevosyan’s
lawyer has proclaimed for several times about these violations, but his
complaints have been constantly ignored. Even the ombudsman of RA Armen
Harutyunyan initially has not been allowed to visit the arrested activist, the
fact that has been mentioned in his official report. Davit Matevosyan has been
subjected to psychological pressure to give false evidence. He was also
subjected to violence.
of the defence lawyer were particularly relating to the following:
Matevosyan was arrested by two investigators, who are not entitled to arrest.
was stopped and arrested without any explanations, without the arrest order.
-Accusation was based solely on
the contradicting testimonies of two investigation officers who have arrested
pre-trial investigation and the court hearings they were constantly mixing such
details of the arrest as the time, the place of the arrest, the nature of the
assault and how the accused has assaulted them.
-No witnesses from defence side
were accepted and tried.
court has disregarded the fact that during the court
hearings two investigation officers didn’t recognise themselves as victims
according to the Article 316 and sentenced Mr. Matevosyan to 3 years of
was seriously operated last November, and his health situation is worrying. The
Ministry of Health and the office of the Red Cross in Yerevan had initially refused the request to
keep his and other detainee’s and prisoner’s health under constant medical