Reasons advanced for
which the person concerned could be regarded as a political prisoner:
Ghavalbabunts was the driver of Mr. Vano Siradeghyan, the former Minister of
Interior and a close ally of Levon Ter-Petrosyan. Vano Siradeghyan was accused
in grave crimes which have never been proved. The accusation of Mr.
Ghavalbabunts explicitly makes reference to this episode of his biography as to
the constituent element of an offence. This presumption clearly indicates that
the case against Mr. Ghavalbabunts is nothing but political persecution.
to the accusation the other component of his crime is the fact that on March 1
he was seen on the Myasnikyan
Square beside some leaders of the opposition.
is based only on the questionable testimony of the victim, a police officer, who
allegedly has recognized the culprit.
-The court disregarded proves
presented by the defence, which would dismiss the allegations made by
Court has rejected motions of the defence, but satisfied all motions of the