Saturday, June 18, 2005


The process of punishment had started in Armenia of human traffickers.

A few days following the May 25th story titled “Dubai is Hell on Earth”, one of the most notorious pimp Lucine Hagopyan, aka Aisha, who came to Armenia and paid the prosecutors office her “debt” was arrested (a few days after she paid her debt). Her trial will start on Monday the 20th at 10:30 a.m. at the court of First Instance of the Kentron and Nork-Marash.

We have information that Hagopyan was told not to worry, it is going to be a procedural case and she will get off with a light sentence. Lucine was told that they are doing this because of pressure from the news media (probably referring to the hetq stroy).

At the recent OSCE roundtable gathering (and all related events), I passed out copies of “Dubai is Hell on Earth” and announced to the attendees (including people connected to the prosecutors office) of the latest developments and urged people to attend the “procedural” trial in order to put pressure on the judge and prosecutor to do the right thing and hand down a stiff sentence, which Hagopyan should have coming.

Anyone in Yerevan that wants to attend the trial should show up to the courthouse, which is above the police station (3rd or 4th floor) near Surp Sarkis Church.

I will keep you up to date on what happens at the trial.

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