The court found only one of Shahen Harutyunyan’s demands urgent and fined him 150.000 AMD for not notifying of other assemblies20:04, September 6, 2017 | News, Own news | Freedom of Assembly and Association
Today, on September 6, 2017 the RA Administrative Court partially granted the RA Police claim against Shahen Harutyunyan by recording only one offence and fined Sh. Harutyunyan 150.000 AMD.
Note that the RA Police demanded that he was held liable under Article 180.1(1) for holding assemblies and marches on March 17-20, 2017 without notifying the head of community in the manner prescribed by law. Those demands were presented in advance in form of 4 different claims. By the motion of Shahen Harutyunyan’s representative T. Siradeghyan, lawyer at Yerevan Office of HCA Vanadzor, they were joined in the same proceedings.
The court considered the assembly on burying Artur Sargsyan in ‘Yerablur’ pantheon urgent as it was impossible to submit a 7-day prior notification as prescribed by law and hold the assembly only after getting permission. According to the Court, it was necessary to take urgent measures and therefore this made one of the exceptional cases when the legislator requires no written notification.
As for the demands of punishing those guilty of Artur Sargsyan’s death and resignation of some officials, the Court considered them as non-urgent and therefore considered it necessary that such assemblies were notified of as prescribed by law, regardless of how many days the assembly lasted, what goal it pursued and how it was held.
This court’s ruling will be appealed before the Court of Appeals.