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Araks Mamulyan

Lawyers for Former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan File Bail Motion

Lawyers for former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan have filed a court motion to have their client, charged with bribe taking and usurping state power, freed from detention on bail.

Kocharyan was released from pre-trial detention on May 18 of this year after Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan and former Artsakh President Arkadi Ghukasyan personally guaranteed that Kocharyan would behave properly if released. Sahakyan and Ghukasyan backed up their guarantees with an AMD 500,000 ($1,050) payment each.

Armenia’s Criminal Court of Appeals  approved Kocharyan’s re-arrest on June 25.

The June 25 decision not only overturned a lower court’s decision to release Kocharyan but also its decision to send the case of the post-election protests of March 2008  to Armenia’s Constitutional Court for review.

Ten people died during the protests, culminating on March 1-2, 2008, and scores more were injured when police and army units were mobilized to disperse demonstrators.

Kocharyan, along with Armen Gevorgyan  Armenia’s National Security Council Secretary at the time) and two other former government officials (then Armenian Deputy Minister of Defense Yuri Khachaturov and Seyran Ohanyan, who was Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces in March 2008), have been charged with usurping state power during the 2008 protests.


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