Reasons advanced for which the person concerned could be regarded as political prisoners:
On the Elections day Mr.Makeyan got information from 34/06 electoral precinct of GyumriCity about the box staffing by the supporters of Serzh Sargsyan, multiple voting and other violations. According to the record which was presented during the trial by the defence, Mr. Makeyan has tried to stop the ongoing violations and has demanded Mr. Ara Movsisyan, Serzh Sargsyan’ Proxy, who wasn’t registered at the said precinct but nevertheless was interfering in the conduct of the Elections there, to give explanations regarding the situation. In response Mr. Movsisyan has provoked quarrel which served as a ground for the accusation.
Accusation was based on the testimony of 9 members of precinct Electoral Commission and Mr. Ara Movsisyan, Serzh Sargsyan's Proxy.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-Criminal pursuit was initiated on the basis of an anonym report, whose authors remained unknown.<!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-During the court hearings 8 witnesses renounced all their testimonies given during the pre-trial investigation, which, according to them, were extracted under the pressure of Authorities and the accusing side. One of them even apologized for false testimony in written. <!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-All 8 witnesses have insisted that the Court shall make its ruling based on their testimonies given during the court hearings. <!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-Two other witnesses, Mr. Ara Movsisyan and Mr. Vahan Gasparyan, didn’t show up during the court hearings. <!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-Furthermore, during the court hearings the Judge announced that these two witnesses are not in the country and that one of them Mr. Ara Movsisyan has left Armenia for Europe. As a prove Judge has presented a reference from “Baghavia” flight. <!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-The defence lawyer has found Mr. Vahan Gasparyan, and thus has proved that the Judge and the accusing side were not factually correct in their statements and have committed a false report which is punishable by Law. <!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-The motion of the defence lawyer concerning the need to postpone hearings and invite the said witnesses as well as to hear witnesses of the defense was rejected by the Judge, which is qualified as hindering the witness of testifying and is punishable by Law. <!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-Regardless all these facts, the Judge has taken as a basis for the verdict the testimonies that were given by witnesses during the pre-trial investigation and declared that the guilt was proven.<!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-During the pre-trial detention and court hearings motions put forward by defence lawyers were rejected by the Judge, while all motions of the accusation were satisfied.<!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-The final court hearing was conducted and the sentence was pronounced behind closed doors, without participation of the representatives of the Press and civil society. <!--[endif]-->
<!--[if !supportLists]-->-It should be mentioned that the actions of the defence lawyer, Mr. Hovik Arsenyan hypocritically were qualified as an intimidation of the witness and a query, as a measure of pressure against the defence lawyer, was initiated by the Office of the Prosecutor.<!--[endif]-->