Former President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan arrested

09:50 • 28.07.18



Yerevan’s Court of First Instance on Friday satisfied a motion to arrest the second president of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, in connection with the March 2008 post-electoral turmoil.


Speaking to reporters after the hearing which lasted about seven hours, an attorney for the former president, Aram Orbelyan, said they intend to file an appeal to dispute the legitimacy of the ruling. But he refrained from further comments, promising to address the case in more detail at a press conference on Saturday.

The assigned period of the arrest is two months, Kocharyan's lawyer added. 


On Thursday, Kocharyan was summoned to the Special Investigative Service (SIS) for interrogation as a witness. In an official statement released later the same day, the SIS said they had officially charged the former president with breaching the constitutional order during the public protests (disputing the outcome of the February 2008 presidential election).


Eight people died in the violent clashes with the police after the law enforcers used force to disperse the crowd following days of peaceful rallies in central Yerevan.


Kocharyan, who was then the outgoing president, had to declare a state of emergency.


The former president himself described the criminal charges against him as fabricated and politically motivated in an interview with the local TV channel Yerkir Media after his interrogation on Thursday.


Also on Friday, the SIS brought official charges against Yuri Khachaturov, the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s secretary general, who was the head of the Yerevan Garrison at the time.


 

Betghehem Arabyan





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