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YEREVAN. – The hearing on the criminal case involving Armenia’s second President Robert Kocharyan and several other former senior officials resumed Tuesday at the Shengavit District seat of the capital city Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction, with Judge Anna Danibekyan presiding.

Due to his health condition, however, the second President is not in the courtroom.

One of his attorneys, Hayk Alumyan, informed the court that Kocharyan is recuperating after a surgery, and therefore his attendance to this this session was inexpedient.

But Kocharyan had informed that he was not against the trial continuing in his absence.

On October 9, Robert Kocharyan underwent a surgery.

On June 25, the Criminal Court of Appeal overturned the May 18 ruling by a Yerevan first-instance court to terminate the aforesaid criminal case in connection with the events that occurred in Yerevan in March 2008, sent the case for a retrial, and ruled that Robert Kocharyan be remanded in custody.

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.

But solely Robert Kocharyan is in custody along the lines of this case. The second president has been remanded in custody three times within one year; 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.

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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