He was detained on November 10th by Azerbaijani forces near the city of Shusha.
Euljekjian’s family has maintained that he is neither a terrorist nor a mercenary, explaining that while he did volunteer to fight for Armenia in 2020, he never partook in the fighting.
He was charged under Article 114.3 (participation of a mercenary in a military conflict or military operation), Article 214.2.1 (terrorism committed by a group of persons, an organized group, or a criminal organization), and Article 318.2 (illegal crossing of the state border of the Republic of Azerbaijan).
His sentencing comes nearly 2 years after he moved to Armenia from Lebanon, in November 2019, a year after receiving Armenian citizenship.
Armenia has condemned Euljekjian’s verdict, and the Armenian government is reportedly planning to appeal it.
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