Court ruling on imposing on protester administrative sanctions to be appealed12:02, February 18, 2017 | News, Own news | Police
On February 17, 2017, the RA Administrative Court, presided by Judge M. Melkumyan, announced the court’s ruling on Police v. Armen Mikayelyan.
The Court, having examined the claim on imposing on A. Mikayelyan administrative sanctions under Article 180.1(11 and 15) of the RA Code of Administrative Offences, ruled to uphold it by imposing on A. Mikayelyan administrative sanctions in form of a fine of 100.000 AMD.
By its ruling, the RA Administrative Court found that those offenses were interrelated in the sense that the plaintiff invoked non-compliance with the duty not to obstruct the normal course of the assembly, and the other offense was the failure to comply with the police requirement to ensure the normal course of the assembly. In other words, the fact that it was required to comply with the normal course of the assembly also includes the fact of violating its normal course. According to the court, the normal course of the assembly is violated by its participants showing illegal behavior who, among others, violate the rights of others and the public order.
Armen Mikayelyan’s representative, Tatevik Siradeghyan, Lawyer at Yerevan Office of HCA Vanadzor, will appeal the Administrative Court’s ruling before the Court of Appeals.
Note that on March 24, 2016, A. Mikayelyan attended the protest before examination of the motion on extending Gevorg Safaryan’s detention during which some of the participants lay down on the traffic section of Mashtots Avenue, chained themselves to the asphalt and blocked the street. Then the protest participants were forcibly apprehended to Kentron Division of RA Police Yerevan City Department where administrative proceedings were initiated against them for not fulfilling their duties as assembly participants and the police legal requirements on providing the peaceful and normal course of the assembly.