Kocharian’s Release Appealed as Search of his Mansion and Office Reported

Former president Robert Kocharian during an interview over the summer with Yerkir Media
Former president Robert Kocharian during an interview last week with Yerkir Media

Former president Robert Kocharian during an interview last week with Yerkir Media

YEREVAN—Armenia’s Prosecutor General on Monday officially appealed a decision to release former president Robert Kocharian from pre-trial detention. Also on Monday, Armenia’s Special Investigative Service reported that Kocharian’s mansion and office were searched as part of the ongoing investigation into charges that the former president breached Armenia’s constitutional order in relation to the March 1, 2008 post-election unrest during which eight civilians and two police officers were killed.

The Prosecutor General’s office filed the appeal at Armenia’s Court of Cassation, a higher court, which will hear the case and make a decision on the appeal’s court ruling, which deemed Kocharian’s incarceration as un-constitutional given a provision in the constitution that shields Armenia’s leaders from being prosecuted even after they leave office.

Since his release on August 13, Kocharian has announced that he will enter Armenia’s political arena to challenge the current leadership, which he claims are not experienced enough to govern Armenia given the current geopolitical realities. Kocharian also has asserted that the charges against him are a “political vendetta” by the current regime.

On Monday, Armenia’s SIS confirmed that Kocharian’s mansion and office were searched in a raid. Its spokesperson, Marina Ohanjanyan, gave no details about the search when she spoke with Azatutyun.am.

But Kocharian’s representatives had a lot to say about the search and the motives behind why the news of the search was being publicized on the same day as the Prosecutor General’s appeal of a lower court decision to free him from pre-trial detention. Azatutyun.am reported that one of Kocharian’s attorneys, Haik Alumyan said that the SIS search did not yield any additional evidence in relation to the March 1, 2008 case.

Victor Soghomonyan, Kocharian’s chief of staff, to news.am that Kocharian’s office was search two to three weeks ago and claimed that releasing that information on the same day as the appeal was dubious.

“For some reason, they [the SIS] has decided to disseminate that information now,” Soghomonyan said. “As to why, I leave [it] to the readers’ imagination. I leave it to the readers as to what objective is being pursued by the delay in publicizing the news about the search.”

Soghomonyan confirmed the news about the search saying that only Kocharian’s office was searched. No other information was given by the former president’s chief of staff.

Another Kocharian attorney, Hovhannes Khudoyan, told News.am that his defense team could not comment further due to the confidentiality of the ongoing investigation.

During an interview with Yerkir Media last week, Kocharian complained about the confidentiality issues surrounding the case, saying that by doing so the investigative agencies could cherry pick the information that they want to release without giving the defense an opportunity to present its own case.


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    • Levon said:

      Ohhh! That idiot!!! After listening to this one-eyed monster and his proposed policies in the past and recently regarding Artsakh…. not only he is a TRAITOR SCUM, he should also be brought to justice swiftly and shot to death for his remarks so openly through the media.

  1. GB said:

    “Since his release on August 13, Kocharian has announced that he will enter Armenia’s political arena to challenge the current leadership’
    Robert, you will be better off if you stay put and go to lion hunting with buddies in Africa. Armenia had enough of your nonsense corrupt politics!

  2. zarkim said:

    Kocharyan thinks that he is more experienced than Pashinyan. Ture, Kocharyan is a very experienced MUGGER. Kocharyan has blood on his hands and he is worse than TALAAT PASHA.
    Both Kocharyan, Sargsyan have Jewish background. When Israeli Drone killed Armenians in Karabakh, these two DOGS did not bark!!
    Armenins desperately needs a CONSTITUTION Change. Otherwise, PARASITES like Kocharyan, Sargsyan, Yuri Khachaturov, etc… will always exist. After all, these PARASITES are the ones who designed the Armenian CONSTITUTION to make it impossible for Armenia to get rid of them.
    Armenins needs to thoroughly examine all agreements made between these PARASITES and foreign Governments. Why does Russia control our BORDERS?
    The Armenian revolution will only be complete when they get rid of these VERMIN by changing the Constitution and by revising all other previously made agreements including monitoring Court Judges who have been selected by these PARASITES like Kocharyan.

    • Levon said:

      While I agree with 95% of everything you said, except the part where you compare these two thugs to Talaat the Devil. And these two having Jewish back ground. Of course, for both of these remarks, I think your imagination has gone wild and taken over your logic:)
      Nothing compares to what was done to our people in the hands of the Autumns dogs!

  3. Levon said:

    I meant nothing compared what happened to our people in the hands of the Ottoman Turkish dogs.