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The EU monitors the trial over Vahagn Chakhalyan2009-10-29 10:31
The EU monitors the trial over activist Vahagn Chakhalyan from Javakh [Georgian region, populated primarily with Armenians], the letter of the European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner to European Parliament member Sylvie Guillaume says.gt-en-newsitem-inside
On September 15th Guillaume send the Commisioner tha address pointing the latter's attention to the trial over the activist. In the reply Ferrero-Waldner said the EU monitors the process via its representative office in Georgia.
On October 29th messages came that Vahagn Chakhalyan voluntarily refused to participate in trail sitting. The Yerkir [the union of public organizations for repatriation and exploration] explained he grounded it with the numerous violations in process.
According to the activist, his French attorney isn't allowed to him, and the judge declines practically all intercessions of the defence.
On April7th 2009 in the highest court of Akhaltsikhi region Vahagn Chakhalyan was sentenced to 10 years in prison, his father Ruben Chakhalyan - to GEL 5 000 [appr USD 3 000] of fine, younger brother Armen Chakhalyan - GEL 2 000 [appr USD 1 200] of fine. Many organizations say the family is being persecuted for political views.