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Friday, May 7, 1999 Published at 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK

World: Europe

Armenian politician due to be released

One of Armenia's best-known politicians, Bano Siradeghian, is expected to be released today after being held for four days for investigation.

Mr Siradeghian, a former mayor of Yerevan, was detained after he flew into Armenia from Bulgaria.

He faces accusations which include organising murders during his period as Interior Minister .

He left the country in February just before the Armenian parliament lifted his immunity from prosecution as a parliamentary deputy.

His supporters say he has returned to contest the parliamentary elections scheduled for May the thirtieth.

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