Catholicos Karekin II Calls for Kocharian’s Release

Former president Robert Kocharian with Catholicos Karekin II

Former president Robert Kocharian with Catholicos Karekin II

His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians on Tuesday cited the coronavirus pandemic as his reason in calling for the immediate release of Armenia’s former president Robert Kocharian, who is in custody and awaiting trial on charges of breaching Armenia’s Constitution by allegedly ordering security forces to fire on protesters after the 2008 presidential elections resulting in the deaths of eight civilians and two police officers.

Saying “human life is of utmost importance, and caring for it is the responsibility of each of us,” the Catholicos stressed the need for changing the preventive measure against Kocharian.

He said given the opinion of medical professionals regarding Kocharian’s health he should be released.

“A number of preventive humanitarian measures are being carried out in different countries around the world in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, among them are including changes to incarceration of prisoners who are at risk or have chronic or underlying conditions,” Karekin II told


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  1. ardachece barseghian said:

    How this individual dares to interfere in the affairs of the Republic. Of course he wants to give his gratitude to the one who appointed him violating the secular principle of the election. Let him clean and protect his house. Don’t we have a PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, a PRIME MINISTER?

    • ardachece barseghian said:

      Fortunately we have ANTELIAS to honor our history, for our dignite. So you understand the post-Soviet situation and what it has rooted in this structural society… until today and in this holy place, historic, scorn, insult, foul

  2. ominac said:

    Somebody should tell him that the next prison cell is getting prepared specially for him. In order for him not to get the virus (as if he is not a virus himself) we should put the key in the lock and break it. that way he does not have to worry about virus transmission.

  3. Serop said:

    Of course he does, I have never seen an ounce of humility or a shred of belief in this man, he is an embarrassment to our ancient Church, not forgetting his Bentley driving brother armed with a pistol. Much more cleaning needs to happen in Armenia, starting this time from the Holy See of Etjmiatzin, Top down.

  4. ardachece barseghian said:

    Know that I am deeply respectful of our religious history, like that of all the beliefs of this world, which faith has made possible, immense for the millennial survival of our nation but I am no believer other than my belief in Man

  5. D2 said:

    Garegin || , in the 1st place trying to divert attention away from him, from his so called illegal elections until to day what is he doing in Edjmiajin? He has no right to medal in politics, but unfortunately that’s how he got there he is only extending a helping hand to a guy who assisted him to get there. Upon his election he trampled over every rule on creation. He should have been off the seen ages ago it’s because of this sort of practice that the country is suffering. Navasard Khechoyan is only one in a multitude of guys under his rule.


    (The above is a fact & the country is suffering from the above facts – in case you have intentions not to print – you are assisting the corrupt and hindering progress of the country)