Court of Appeals Delays Ruling on Kocharian Remand

Former President Robert Kocharian
Former President Robert Kocharian

Former President Robert Kocharian

YEREVAN—After eight hours of deliberations on Thursday, the Armenia’s Criminal Court of Appeals went into recess, with the judge announcing that the court will reconvene on Friday to continue hearing appeals from former president Robert Kocharian’s attorneys on a decision to remand him when he was officially charged on July 27 with breaching Armenia’s constitutional order in connection to the March 1, 2008 post-presidential election standoff between protesters and police during which eight civilians and two police officers were killed.

After the hearing, one of Kocharyan’s attorneys, Hail Aloumyan spoke to reporters gathered outside the courthouse, saying that Kocharian appeared at the hearing and also addressed the court.

“[He spoke] brilliantly. I am actually thinking that a tangible portion of his testimony may be publicized because the evidence he presented was well formulated. He spoke about the case and the charges [brought against him],” said Aloumyan.

Another attorney, Aram Orbelyan, seemed upbeat and told reporters that the recess was called so the sides have not had the opportunity to present their cases.

“If we are not done tomorrow, then [the session will be] on Monday,” explained Orbelyan who said that he was optimistic about the outcome of the appeal.

Armenia’s Prosecutor General’s office on Wednesday rejected an appeal to release Kocharian by 46 members of parliament who submitted a petition on Tuesday calling for an end to Kocharian’s pre-trial remand.

The Prosecutor General’s office rejected the appeal and validated concerns expressed by its Special Investigative Service, which said that remanding Kocharian would ensure an impeded investigation into the March 1, 2008 post-election protests, during which eight civilians and two police officers were killed in clashes with the police. Kocharian is charged with breaching Armenia’s Constitutional order by engaging the military in the election process, which is a violation of the current constitution and the one under which Kocharian served as president.

“At the current stage of the preliminary investigation, the grounds to remand Robert Kocharian into custody remains unchanged and the selection of another precautionary measure outside of detention is still unable to guarantee the uninterrupted process of the investigation, due to thethe proper conduct of the defendant,”Arevik Khachatryan, head of Prosecutor General’s public relations department said Wednesday.

Armenia’s chief investigator, Sasun Khachatryan, has said that Kocharian is refusing to cooperate with the investigation and is not answering any questions.

In addition to the brief statement, the Prosecutor General’s office also released the list of parliament members who signed the petition appealing Kocharian’s remand. The list confirms that 42 of the signatories are members of Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia, led by Parliament Speaker Ara Babloyan and deputy speakers Arpine Hovhannisyan and Eduard Sharmazanov; three of the remaining four signatories are members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation bloc and one lawmaker representing businessman Gagik Tsarukyan’s bloce.

Below is the list:
Ara Babloyan
Arpine Hovhannisyan
Eduard Sharmazanov
V. Harutyunyan
Mihran Hakobyan
Karine Achemyan
Jemma Baghdasaryan
Knyaz Hasanov
Arsen Mikhaylov
Armen Ashotyan
Andranik Harutyunyan
Aram Harutyunyan
Harutyun Karapoghosyan
Ashot Arsenyan
Hakob Hakobyan
Karen Avagyan
Arayik Hovhannisyan
Vahram Baghdasaryan
Robert Sargsyan
Shushan Sardaryan
Hermine Naghdalyan
Margarit Yesayan
Artashes Geghamyan
Nairi Sahakyan
Gagik Melikyan
Rustam Makhmudyan
Arayik Grigoryan
Samvel Nikoyan
Shushan Petrosyan
Hayk Babukhanyan
Galust Sahakyan
Samvel Farmanyan
Khosrov Harutyunyan
Mihran Poghosyan
Ishkhan Zakaryan
Karen Bekaryan
Ruzanna Muradyan
Artur Gevorgyan
Koryun Nahapetyan
Tachat Vardapetyan
Karen Karapetyan
Avet Sargsyan
Armenuhi Kyureghyan
Romik Manukyan
Ruzanna Arakelyan


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  1. Nerses Yerjanian said:

    No surprise for the listed names. We know who are Armenia’s traitors.

  2. Vaheh said:

    Why is Nikol trying to put everyone in jail, this is definitely a politically motivated trial. But it has already backfired bigly, Russians are angry, Americans called it selective justice and no meeting with Trump, and more importantly people of Armenia did not come to streets to see Azeris on the hills of Arreni, Russians shooting in the village of Panika, and closed upper Lars.

  3. gabe korajian said:

    Don’t get too excited. Kocharyan is staying in jail for a long time. As for the unlawful interference in Kocharyan’s court case by Parliamentary Representatives from the Republican and Tashnag Parties, this action is a violation of the constitution that clearly stipulates the separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative and the Judiciary. By sending a letter to the judiciary for the release of Kocharyan, these partisan and perhaps corrupt Members of Parliament (MPs) are directly interfering and applying unnecessary pressure on the court system, hoping to influence the outcome. That is why it was thrown out of court as an irrelevant piece of document. For the future, these dictatorial MPs should restrain from exercising their powers illegally, as they have done in the past, including President Kocharyan. Armenia is now a new country and will not tolerate such blatant violation of the constitution.

  4. Norin said:

    Once again the ARF somehow managed to be on the wrong side of the people’s issue. This man besides using his official position as President to enrich himself and his family members, he was also clearly aware of the military intervention in suppressing the people’s protest in 2008. If you had a television set in a village in Africa, you would also be aware just watching the broadcast from republican square during protests. Yet somehow, Robert Kocharyan, who wielded executive military powers was not aware of violent suppression of protests in the very square in which he was holed up in? This man is a liar, Serzh Sargisyan is a liar, Levon Ter Petrosyan is a liar, and Nikol Pashinyan if he ends up overlooking LTP’s crimes will ALSO prove to be a liar. The Armenian people and nation and young generation deserve far better political leadership than these cretins, the ARF geriatrics, and the HHK. All 3 presidents of the republic have been failures and violated the people and land called Armenia and Arstakh. Toss them all into a cell and throw away the key. The ARF also needs to get its head out of its own rear, unless of course it’s rear is also KAKOT and smeared with excrement, in which case they are trying to lick it clean by opposing the will of the people and true justice and supporting scum like Koch The Roach.