YEREVAN. - Had there been a legal process, Armenia’s second President Robert Kocharyan should have come out of the penitentiary immediately after the Constitutional Court ruling, or a special court hearing should have been held and Kocharyan should have come out. Aram Harutyunyan, chairman of the opposition National Consent Party, on Tuesday told about this to news reporters.
“The authorities don’t care about that legal process,” he said, in particular. “We want that there be a legal process; but its consequences are geopolitical.”
Harutyunyan also touched upon the statement by Artur Vanetsyan, now former Director of the National Security Service, with respect to his stepping down from this post.
“It would have been right if he had had time to arrest [PM Nikol] Pashinyan,” the opposition party leader said, in particular. “I urge that the law enforcement arrest Nikol Pashinyan because there is no other option. We have no right to wait and see Nikol Pashinyan will again do something bad, and then we take steps.”
Also, Aram Harutyunyan, noted that those accountable for the tragic events that occurred in capital city Yerevan in March 2008 should be found, but not during the activities of the incumbent authorities.
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.