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Araks Mamulyan

Ex-Armenian President Kocharyan Charged with Taking $3 Million Bribe

Former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, detained and awaiting trial on charges of usurping state power in 2008, has also been accused of accepting a US$3 million bribe in February and May of 2008 to allow for the sale of 100% of the shares of a mining company that had been granted an exploratory license to a non-resident company in Armenia.  

A summary of the indictment against Kocharyan and three other former top officials in the March 1, 2008 case was published today in the online DataLex portal.

Also charged with usurping state power in the March 1, 2008 case are Yuri Khachaturov (Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Defense at the time), Armen Gevorgyan (National Security Council Secretary at the time), and then Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces Seyran Ohanyan.

Gevorgyan, charged with illegally pressuring Constitutional Court Judge Valery Poghosyan in 2008 to validate the presidential election win of Serzh Sargsyan, has also been charged with accepting a US$1 million bribe in the above-mentioned mine transaction.

The case of all four has been transferred to Yerevan’s Court of General Jurisdiction (First Instance).

Comments (3)

Dear Peter, There has been no date for the trial, that's why you will not see any date listed. As for giving American journalism as an example, what media are you referring to? Print, online? As for other aspects of the Kocharyan case, please do a search into Hetq's archives. You will find a plethora of additional information. Thanks for reading Hetq.
Thanks for the reporting. Now, to make it a little more like American journalism, you should write something like these sentences in stories like this: - The trial is expected to take place in (month/year) - Kocharyan is currently where? Prison? If so, what are the condition? If not in prison, where is he and will he face a trial in Armenia? - How has he spent his bribe money over the years? Living outside of Armenia? Buying property outside of Armenia? Lavish spending? - Who is his attorney?
Robert Davidian
Fantastic news! Continuing to prosecute former high ranking government officials for mega crimes committed against theIr oppressed citizenry is of vital importance and must not end here. There are many more unpunished former government mafia criminals who must be brought to justice, including Serzhik Sargsyan.

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