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YEREVAN. – The trial on March 1 case will be open.

Aram Orbelyan, an attorney of Armenia’s second President Robert Kocharyan, who is a defendant in the criminal case into the tragic events that occurred in capital city Yerevan in March 2008, on Friday told the aforesaid to reporters. He noted this commenting on the media reports that the respective court sessions will be held behind closed doors.

“There will be an open-court hearing,” the attorney said. “And all of you will see the quality of those materials.”

As per Orbelyan, however, the criminal charge brought against Kocharyan cannot be proved.

“The constitutional order was not breached in 2008,” he explained. “Therefore, they can’t accuse the person of that.”

As reporter earlier, the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction on Friday granted the Special Investigation Service’s petition to extend for two more months the custody of second President Robert Kocharyan.

On March 1 and 2, 2008 the then authorities of Armenia used force against the opposition members who were rallying in downtown Yerevan, and against the results of the presidential election on February 19, 2008. Eight demonstrators as well as two servicemen of the internal troops were killed in the clashes. But no one had been brought to account for these deaths, to this day.

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