In his address, Robert Kocharyan said about the political persecution by the current authorities of the country.
The RA court of appeals dismissed the appeal of the Prosecutor General of the country on release from custody accused of overthrow of the constitutional order of the former President of the Republic Robert Kocharyan, according to the court, the former head of Armenia should be arrested. On Friday, 7 December, said the lawyer of ex-head of state Hayk Alumyan, reports “news-Armenia”.
The lawyer stressed that the court decision will be appealed. “This decision is unprecedented in terms of violations in the legal field… of Course, it was made under pressure. It is clear to everyone,” he was quoted by the Armenian service of “Radio Liberty”.
“Interfax” reports that Kocharian (not present at the hearing), without waiting for the call of the investigator, he went to the criminal-Executive institution “Yerevan-Center”, located in the building of national security Service of the Republic. In his address he said about the political persecution by the current authorities of the country, and also named acting Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, the chief organizer of the mass disorder on 1 March 2008, which led to casualties. In addition, Kocharian stressed that he would continue the political struggle, even while in prison.
In late July, Kocharian accused of overthrow of the constitutional order during the events of 1-2 March 2008. July 27, Kocharian was arrested, but in mid-August, was released from custody.
In March 2008, Kocharian, as President, declared a state of emergency to disperse out in the streets of the opposition – supporters of Armenia’s first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who took part in the 2008 elections, but lost. Ter-Petrosian and his supporters demanded a recount. The rallies escalated into riots that were suppressed by the authorities, ten people were killed. Among the dead were supporters of opposition and law enforcement officials.