A short while ago the Helsinki Association was informed that a prisoner Arayik Hakobyan had initiated a hunger strike in the "Hrazdan" criminal-executive institution. Note that Arayik Hakobyan has had heart surgery twice and he should be under dynamic control of the cardiologist, as prescribed by the physician.
We would like to mention that according to official information, there are cardiologists only in the criminal-executive institutions of "Prisoners' Hospital" and "Armavir” (both on a contractual basis).We would like also to inform that Ara Hakobyan has been moved to the "Prisoners Hospital” for a short period of time, and soon after, on June 7, by the Commission’s decision, he was moved from the "Prisoners' Hospital" to the "Hrazdan" CEI.
There is no cardiologist in the “Hrazdan" CEI, therefore not only the prisoner’s health state is being endangered but, in this case, also his life. We strongly demand to take urgent and imperative measures to prevent unacceptable outcomes.
Criminal trial of Hrachya Gevorgyan started on March 27, 2012 at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Ajapnyak and Davtashen Administrative Districts. H. Gevorgyan is accused of hostage-taking and is represented by lawyer Lyudvig Avetisyan and monitored by Armen Veziryan from the Helsinki Association for Human Rights. The initial judge presiding over the case was Judge Vazgen and the current judge is Marine Melkonyan.
The prisoner of Nubarashen penitentiary institution Hrachya Gevorgyan said a few days ago that if his treatment was not properly carried out by the penitentiary institution as a sing of protest he would swallow a needle. Today in the presence of his cellmates and the workers of penitentiary institution Hrachya Gevorgyan swallowed a needle.
Arthur Papikyan sentenced to imprisonment and taking his punishment in “Goris” penitentiary Institution since 2008, went to a hunger strike and sew his mouth on February 13th of this year, protesting against arbitraries of penitentiary institution administrative. On this occasion the lawyer of Helsinki Association Gayane Khachatryan made an emergency call to penitentiary institution administrative hotline of Ministry of Justice and also by calling to “Goris”
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