On April 2, 2016, Azerbaijan breached the tripartite ceasefire reached in 1994 with Armenia and Artsakh. The unhindered infiltration of Azeri special forces into Armenian positions was captured on video by the Armenian soldiers.
On June 13, 2016, Andrias Ghukasyan published this video footage and forwarded it to the UN Secretary General as evidence of the cease fire violation by Azerbaijan for an international investigation. These measures led to a vigorous reaction from Serzh Sargsyan who intended, jointly with the Azeri leadership, to endorse the Lavrov Plan put forward by Russia in order to leverage the April War to exert pressure on the Armenian society.
On June 20, just a week after the publication of the video footage, criminal charges were brought against Andrias Ghukasyan. And a month later, on July 29, 2016, during the “Sasna Tsrer” events, he was arrested on trumped-up charges for the incitement of insurrection. International and local human rights organizations recognized Andrias Ghukasyan as a political prisoner, and in 2017, the European Court for Human Rights considered his complaint against illegal arrest on political grounds.
Andrias Ghukasyan spent 1 year and 9 months in jail, and was released on May 7, 2018, after Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation during the “April revolution”. The criminal prosecution has been going on to-date.