YEREVAN. – Zhoghovurd daily of Armenia writes: Today there will be tightened control at the court of first instance of Avan and Nor Nork administrative districts [of Yerevan]. The thing is that the first court hearing on the case of third President Serzh Sargsyan, who charged with organizing a theft of about half a billion drams from the state budget, is awaiting trial presided over by [Judge] Vahe Misakyan.
And the decision to tighten control is no accident, as members of the [former ruling] Republican Party [of Armenia (RPA)] and their supporters have decided today to assemble in front of the court to support their party leader.
Zhoghovurd daily has learned that Judge Vahe Misakyan wants to announce self-recusal [from this trial].
This situation is also noteworthy in that Republican Party members previously considered themselves invincible, and Serzh Sargsyan—irreplaceable.
And even if the velvet revolution had given nothing, this scene was enough to see the RPA's haughty image broken.