September 24
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The lawyer of the second Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, Hovhannes Khudoyan, submitted a request for the release of his client on bail.

Hovhannes Khudoyan noted a violation of Kocharyan’s rights to a fair trial. The lawyer recalled that there are no grounds for restricting freedom.

According to him, there has not been a single case of Robert Kocharyan during the entire investigation and trial interfering with the proceedings or evading participation. Relatives of Robert Kocharyan are ready to transfer the amount determined by the court, he said. At the same time, he asked to take into account that the property of the family is under arrest. The assessment of the amount of bail the lawyer provided to determine the court.

The lawyer Hayk Alumyan, in his turn, noted that yesterday Armenian officials made statements about the illegality of the decision of the Constitutional Court, which is a clear message for the presiding judge, Anna Danibekyan.

The lawyer also recalled that Robert Kocharyan was at liberty for five months, but there is not the slightest fact about attempts to obstruct the court or evade. Thus, there are no prerequisites for his stay in custody. As an example, Alumyan noted that despite the urgent need to visit Germany for an examination, Robert Kocharyan informed the investigation, and having received a negative answer, returned the tickets and did not leave.

Lawyer Aram Orbelyan joined the statement of his colleague. 

Pressure periodically happens and correlates depending on the situation, the lawyer said.

As reported earlier, the court of general jurisdiction under the chair of Judge Anna Danibekyan rejected the petition for the release of Armenia's second president Robert Kocharyan.

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.

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