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Armenia Continues Release Of Opposition

Gagik Jahangirian on trail in November 2008

Gagik Jahangirian on trail in November 2008

YEREVAN -- Four more opposition members, including former Deputy Prosecutor-General Gagik Jahangirian, have been released from prison under a general amnesty declared by the Armenian authorities, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports.

Jahangirian was serving a three-year prison sentence given for his alleged resistance to police officers that arrested him in the wake of protests against the February 2008 presidential election.

Petros Makeyan, of the Democratic Fatherland Party, was also released.

Three government loyalists serving three-year terms for election fraud are also expected to be released under the amnesty.

Fifteen oppositionists were released on June 22.