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Leading Armenian Opposition Party Member Released On Bail

Armenian opposition politician Hovsep Khurshudian (file photo)

A court in Yerevan has granted bail to a leading member of the opposition Heritage party, who was charged in connection with a recent rally.

The court on August 25 ordered Hovsep Khurshudian to pay 1 million drams (about $2,100) before being freed pending his trial.

Khurshudian was arrested on July 29 along with two other leading members of the party and an opposition activist on charges of organizing mass disturbances during public protests on that day and remanded in pretrial detention earlier this month.

Last week, Armen Martirosian, the deputy chairman of the Heritage party, and a member of an opposition faction in Yerevan’s Municipal Assembly, David Sanasarian, were also released on bail.

A day earlier, the Heritage party announced it was pulling out of local elections scheduled for later this year because of the arrests of its leading members.