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The decision on the petition for the release of the second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan on bail will be announced on September 20 at 5 pm, said Judge Anna Danibekyan on Tuesday.

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.

Using the right to a final statement by the defense, the lawyer Hayk Alumyan presented in detail the reasons for the release of the client and the lack of grounds for continuing the arrest, clarified the essence of the discussions and the procedure.

Lawyer Aram Orbelyan recalled that the arrest of a citizen in one case to ensure his presence in another case is unacceptable from the point of view of the ECHR. Moreover, the European Court considers the arrest to be an anomaly.

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.

 

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