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Arrested Armenian Journalist And Brother Released

Journalist Ani Gevorgian was released after three days in jail.
YEREVAN -- An Armenian journalist and her brother who were detained while covering an attempted opposition protest on May 31 have been released from custody, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

Ani Gevorgian, who works for the pro-opposition "Haykakan Zhamanak" daily, and her brother, Sarkis Gevorgian, were charged with assaulting a police officer.

An activist of the opposition Armenian National Congress, David Kiramidzhian, who was detained together with them remains in custody. He was charged with hooliganism.

The three were detained during a confrontation between police and opposition supporters near Yerevan's Liberty Square.

Gevorgian covered a similar stand-off between opposition supporters and police at the same place on May 30.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, along with Armenia's leading media associations and human rights organizations, expressed concern over Gevorgian's arrest this week and demanded her immediate release.