Supporters of the second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan and the current government are holding a protest near the Shengavit district court in Yerevan. Robert Kocharyan's supporters demand that the court execute the Constitutional Court's decision immediately and release the second president, while supporters of the government demand that Robert Kocharyan not be released.
As reported earlier, Robert Kocharyan’s legal defense motioned the court to immediately terminate the criminal proceedings against Kocharyan and to immediately release him from custody—and on the basis of the recent Constitutional Court ruling.
The examination of the case involving 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 began Thursday.
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.