Armenian journalist, activist detained in Yerevan for allegedly carrying knife

Thu 01 June 2017 06:24 GMT | 10:24 Local Time

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Argishti Kiviryan, a Yerevan-based journalist and civic activist, was detained by Armenian police early Wednesday on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, Kiviryan’s lawyer, Lusine Sahakyan told Armeian Media reporters.

Kiviryan is currently being held in the Yerevan police central division.

“They approached Argishti in the street and wanted to search him; he was detained shortly after when he refused to allow the search. Police offer us no explanation, and it’s unclear why they suddenly decided Argishti was carrying a weapon. They say they ‘noticed an item resembling a knife’ on him. They couldn’t have noticed a knife on him because he does not carry one. It’s evident that he has been detained unlawfully,” Sahakyan said.

The lawyer is convinced that today’s incident “is yet another episode of the political persecution” against Kiviryan: “He is obviously being persecuted. He has long been subjected to various forms of persecution, from criminal [ARM] to administrative. There has even been an assassination attempt on him.”

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