25 August 2016, Yerevan—Heritage Party Leader Raffi K. Hovannisian and Frank Engel, a Member of the Eureopan Parliament and Armenia's honorary consul in Luxumbourg, held a meeting today in Yerevan. They discussed the current situation in Armenia, Artsakh, and European-Armenian relations.
As political parties prepare for the parliamentary elections in spring 2017, the Heritage Party — which has represented Armenia's opposition for two terms in the National Assembly — finds itself under specific attack by the authorities. Our VP Armen Martirosyan, Press Secretary David Sanasaryan, and Civil Society Liaison Hovsep Khurshudyan remain in jail and await trial, where they will face 4-10 years in prison on account of trumped-up and unsupportable charges of inciting riots.
Cher President Daul,
It is with great regret that I report that three of Heritage's senior members (vice president Armen Martirosyan, spokesman Davit Sanasaryan, and civil-society liaison Hovsep Khurhsudyan), and rights activist Andrias Ghukasyan, all of them model, law-abiding citizens, have just been arrested, without the possibility of bail, for guiding a peaceful demonstration and standing as buffer between citizens and policemen and thus ruling out any violence between the two.