May 13
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Mihran Poghosyan, attorney of former Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Yuri Khachaturov, has filed a motion to postpone the trial over the case of the events of March 1, 2008.

According to Judge Anna Danibekyan, the court received from attorney Mihran Poghosyan a message that he had had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus the day before and had to get tested. To not put the health of the participants in the proceedings at risk, the attorney didn’t show up to court and asked to postpone it, and Khachaturov informed that he can’t afford to call another attorney.

In this regard, prosecutor Gevorg Baghdasaryan deemed it necessary to record abuse of right and expressed the thought that such behavior of the attorneys is not equal for the other participants in the proceedings.

Second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, who has been released on bail for AMD 2,000,000,000 by the decision of the Criminal Court of Appeal, was also attending the trial.

The prosecutor accused the attorneys of filing several ‘repetitive’ motions and presenting arguments to change the pre-trial measure, adding that the attorneys’ goal is to prolong the procedure.

Judge Danibekyan stated that the application can’t be considered in the absence of the attorney and that she will examine it upon Mihran Poghosyan’s return. Attorney Hovhannes Khudoyan will recommend that the court consider the possibility of holding the court sessions in another hall in which it will be possible to maintain social distancing. The issue related to the application will also be considered with the attorney.

The next trial is set for June 30 at 1 p.m.

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