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During today’s trial over the case of second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan and other ex-officials, Tsovinar Torosyan was engaged as the interpreter for accused-on-trial in the case, former Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Yuri Khachaturov. Judge Anna Danibekyan rendered this decision, considering the fact that the accused-on-trial has poor knowledge of verbal and written Armenian.

The examination of the case involving the second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan and some other former senior officials accused of overthrowing the constitutional order along the lines of the March 1, 2008 case is held Thursday at the Shengavit seat of the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction, and presided over by Judge Anna Danibekyan. Second President Robert Kocharyan, former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and former CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov, former Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan, and former Deputy Prime Minister and ex-Secretary of the National Security Council Armen Gevorgyan are defendants in this case. Solely Robert Kocharyan is in custody along the lines of this case. The second president has been arrested three times; the last one was on June 25, by the decision of Judge Armen Danielyan of the Criminal Court of Appeal. A signature bond to not leave Armenia has been selected as a pretrial measure for Seyran Ohanyan and Armen Gevorgyan, whereas bail—for Yuri Khachaturov.

During today’s trial, Robert Kocharyan’s attorneys will file a motion for immediate release of Robert Kocharyan on the basis of the September 4 decision of the Constitutional Court of Armenia.

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