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Thursday, June 30, 2005

 

Armenian rights organisation claims harassment

From Armenialiberty.org:

A private law firm that has helped ordinary people file human rights lawsuits against the government claimed on Tuesday to be facing harassment by Armenia's National Security Service (NSS).

The head of the firm called Right, Vahe Grigorian, said the Armenian successor to the Soviet-era KGB has launched criminal proceedings against him on what he described as trumped-up fraud charges. He said the case was brought in retaliation for Right’s activities.

The NSS reportedly wants to prosecute Grigorian for allegedly cheating a client. It has already frozen the firm’s bank accounts and confiscated some of its documents. The security agency denies any wrongdoing.

Right first figured news reports last month when the NSS arrested an employee of Armenia’s Office of Human Rights Defender on bribery charges. Investigators also raided the office’s building in Yerevan, confiscating its main computer that contained information about individuals alleging rights abuses.

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