Attorneys of the defendants in the controversial Harsnakar case do not want their clients to be videotaped. The attorneys say that the media outlets publish details on the case that create a negative opinion about the defendants.
Today the court overturned the attorneys' motion to determine whether or not the defendants in the case were employees of the Harsnakar restaurant. The court said that the petition conflicts with the publicity of the trial.
"It [motion] has been filed out of sheer curiosity," said Prosecutor Arthur Davtyan.
For his part, Attorney Tigran Yegoyan said that the motion was of great importance as the press alleged that the defendants were bodyguards of one person [Ruben Hayrapetyan, the owner of the Harsnakar complex].
The next court session is scheduled for October 22.
On June 17, Vahe Avetyan, head of ENT (ear-nose-throat) department at the Defense Ministry's Yerevan garrison hospital, and his three friends [also army doctors] were subjected to violent beating at Hayrapetyan's Harsnakar Restuarant. After a 12-day fight for his life, Avetyan died in hospital on June 29 without regaining consciousness.