YEREVAN. – Zhoghovurd daily of the Republic of Armenia (RA) writes: Almost all judges in Armenia are terrified. The reason was the [appellate court’s] granting of the motion for the bail of 2 billion drams applied to RA second president Robert Kocharyan. With this decision, in fact, Robert Kocharyan was released.
According to Zhoghovurd daily’s information, this decision came as a surprise to many members, or the vast majority, of the judiciary, as it was clear to everyone that Robert Kocharyan's being under arrest was more peaceful for the judiciary than his being free.
And what is the fear of the judges? The Armenian political authorities have once already organized a process of blocking the courts with the aim of punishing the courts and having an independent judiciary, and, it can be said, an attempt was made to make a number of judges understand their "correct" functions.
Now the representatives of the third branch of power of Armenia do not know what steps will follow after the release of Robert Kocharyan, as it is clear to everyone that an unacceptable decision has been made for both the Armenian halls of power and a significant part of the Armenian society.
Armenia's second president is accused of overthrowing the constitutional order and taking a particularly large bribe of 3 million [US] dollars. He has been in custody since June 25, 2019.