Former director of the National Security Service (SNB) of Armenia Artur Vanetsyan was detained on suspicion of plotting the assassination of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, his lawyer Lusine Sahakyan said.
“Today Vanetsyan was invited to the investigation department of the National Security Service and was detained on suspicion of committing acts under the articles complicity in the illegal acquisition, sale, storage of weapons, preparation of usurpation of power, preparation of the murder of a state, political or public figure committed by the group persons by prior agreement,” – Ms Sahakyan wrote on Facebook.
According to her, these accusations are connected with the fact that the country’s authorities are trying to silence political opponents.
Artur Vanetsyan participates in protests demanding the resignation of the country’s prime minister. Protests in Yerevan began on November 10 after the signing of a trilateral agreement (between Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia) to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. It involves the transfer to Azerbaijan of a significant part of the territories of Nagorno-Karabakh and several adjacent regions.