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The seven prominent opposition figures, arrested in conjunction with the violence on the streets of Yerevan that erupted after Armenia’s February 2008 presidential election, were ordered out of courtroom as the defendants refused to stand up and respect the judge. The hearing was postponed for the 5th time.
Citing “disrespect to the court” the judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan ordered the 7 defendants out and postponed the trial for the 5th consecutive time since the trial began on December 19. Next hearing is set on January 16.
Over a hundred protesters waited outside the courtroom amid tight security, held off by a barrage of metal bars. Many held up posters and chanted “Freedom to political prisoners!”
(Source: RFE/RL, original reporting by Anush Martirosyan and Karine Simonyan)