Tuesday, 25 September

Human Rights Activist: Evidence Exists to Hold Robert Kocharian Accountable for March 1, 2008 Deaths



Artur Sakunts, Director of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office, described the events of March 1-2, 2008 as “state terrorism” during his address today at a parliamentary hearing convened on the 10th anniversary of mass public protests in Yerevan.

Sakunts said the Kocharian regime had used all state resources at its disposal to carry out mass violence against Armenian citizens and civil opposition.

Ten were killed and hundreds injured when police and army units were mobilized to crush public protests following the February 19, 2008 election, won by Serzh Sargsyan, that most in Armenia regarded as fraudulent.

“There is ample evidence to call to account, and at the minimum to render a legal evaluation, of Robert Kocharian, then Defense Minister Mikayel Harutyunyan, Chief of the General Staff Seyran Ohanyan, Military Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan, Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan, Police Chief Hayk Harutyunyan, and National Security Service Chief Gorik Hakobyan. These are the people who gave the orders for all that happened,” said Sakunts.

Sakunts also argued that a state of emergency was declared in Yerevan without any corresponding legal basis and that martial rule was imposed on the entire country.


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1. Knarik M21:59 - 17 May, 2018
Robert Kocharian, Serj Sargisayan and Levon Ter-Petrosyan are unti-Armenian sick garbage bag spies they are even, treaters to all Armenians. For past 25 years they destroyed Armenia, by lotting the country, starving the Armenian people, and pushing Armenia to middle ages, truly pushing Armenia and Armenian people backward in 100's of years in all these areas; in human and cultural Policies, in Science, in Technology, in Agriculture, in Industry. These 3 with their offspring, relatives, families and supporters should dig a mass grave and hide in it till their bones dissolve to dust.
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