Jurisdiction Matters: Armenia formally asks Russia to transfer serviceman charged with murders

Jurisdiction Matters: Armenia formally asks Russia to transfer serviceman charged with murders

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Gevorg Kostanyan

Armenian Prosecutor-General Gevorg Kostanyan has submitted a formal request to
his Russian counterpart for the handover of a Russian serviceman charged with murdering an Armenian family to Armenian custody.


According to the Prosecutor-General’s website, the request to Yuri Chaika is based on a corresponding point in the Armenian-Russian agreement on the deployment of the Russian military base in Armenia.

Earlier today Russia’s Interfax news agency said that 19-year-old conscript Valery Permyakov, who is charged with murdering a seven-member Armenian family in Gyumri last month, will be tried by the Garrison Military Court in the territory of the Russian military base. It said the decision was made on the basis of the agreement in question.

Permyakov is being prosecuted under the criminal laws of Armenia and Russia. In Armenia he is charged with murders, while by Russian laws he is also charged with desertion.

Protests took place in Gyumri following the January 12 brutal murders of the entire family of the Avetisyans, with angry residents demanding that the Russian serviceman charged with the crimes be prosecuted and tried in Armenia and by Armenian laws.

Prosecutor-General Kostanyan promised to angry demonstrators on January 15 that he would make a formal request to his Russian counterpart regarding the matter.