Former presidential candidate Vardan Sedrakyan did not plead guilty to the charges filed against him and did not give testimony, Sedrakyan's lawyer Alexander Sirunyan told A1+.
"He (Sedrakyan) says this is absurd. I did not manage to talk to him as the turmoil started in the second half of the day. I shall meet Mr Sedrakyan today to discuss our tactics," said the lawyer.
Vardan Sedrakyan is currently at "Yerevan-Kentron" Penitentiary Institution where he was taken yesterday evening.he is accused of masterminding the assassination attempt against presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan in January 2013.
On Tuesday, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan's Kentron and Nork-Marash districts upheld the petition of the National Security Service to jail Sedrakyan for two months.
While Alexander Sirunyan considers it natural that the investigator filed a motion to place Sedrakyan under arrest, he says the charges are ungrounded.
Paruyr Hayrikyan was shot and wounded outside his Yerevan home on January 31 in still unclear circumstances. The National Security Service (NSS) later arrested two men on suspicion of shooting and wounding the presidential candidate. The NSS announced the arrests the day after Hayrikyan threatened to reconsider his decision not to seek a two-week postponement of Armenia's presidential election slated for February 18. The NSS said the suspects, identified as Khachatur Poghosyan and Samvel Harutyunyan, confessed to the ‘the murder attempt' after being taken into custody on the previous day.