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Araks Mamulyan

Armenia: Criminal Court of Appeals Reviews Motion to Overturn Decision Not to Detain Tsarukyan

Armenia’s Criminal Court of Appeals is reviewing a motion filed by the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office to overturn a lower court’s decision not to detain Prosperous Armenian Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukyan, recently charged with vote buying in the April 2017 parliamentary election.

Tsarukyan has denied the charge, describing it as a government backed political campaign against him.

In June, Tsarukyan criticized the government for mismanaging its response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant economic downturn.

Tsarukyan, who last week announced that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus, has not attended the court sessions regarding his detainment.

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