Police brutality the Armenian way

Vahan Khalafyan was an ordinary petty criminal, but his death wasn’t: He died in police custody and after some public fuss some police officers were put on trial and convicted for mistreatment of their prisoner.

The family of Vahan Khalafyan, who was just one of six thieves arrested at the occasion, does not believe that he – as the police claims – committed suicide. It points to a number of conflicting evidence and to the fact that he was tortured by the police.

The case was followed and investigated by the Armenian reporter Zhanna Alexanyan, who published her articles at 22nd of April 2011 on the netbased lragir.am

Read the original article (in Armenian)

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You can also get an impression of the atmosphere in the courtroom in this video.