A local court in Yerevan handed down Monday the verdict on a former head of Turkish division at Armenian foreign affairs ministry Murad Bojolian, accused of spying for Turkey and high treason, sentencing the former diplomat to ten years in prison.
The indictment read out by the judge, cited evidence, collected by the Armenian national security ministry and Russian federal security service, proving that Bojolian collected and passed secret information about Armenia and Karabagh to Turkish journalists, who were recruited as agents of Turkish MIT special service.
Prosecutors said in their final speech that Bojolian’s guilt had been proven by his pre-trial confession in addition to a range of incriminating documents and information they received from Russian security agencies. Bojolian however, retracted his pre-trial testimony during the court trial saying he had to make the “false confession” because he feared for his wife and three children. As was expected, his lawyer said he would appeal against the decision of the lower court.
By Aghavni Harutunian