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Araks Mamulyan

Yerevan Court Rejects Motion to Detain Gagik Tsarukyan

Yerevan’s Court of General Jurisdiction today voted against detaining Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) head Gagik Tsarukyan, charged with vote buying during the April 2018 parliamentary election.

The country’s National Security Service had filed a motion with the court to detain Tsarukyan, who denies the charge.

On June 16, Armenia’s National Assembly voted in favor of stripping Tsarukyan of his parliamentary immunity, thus paving the way for his subsequent indictment.

Tsarukyan has described the charge as a government backed political campaign against him.

Earlier this month, Tsarukyan criticized the government for mismanaging its response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant economic downturn.

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