YEREVAN. – We have come just so that the court session is not postponed. Yerem Sargsyan, one of the attorneys of opposition Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) leader, MP and business tycoon Gagik Tsarukyan, said this in a conversation with journalists Thursday in front of the Criminal Court of Appeal.
To note, Tsarukyan has been infected with COVID-19, and therefore cannot be present at the appellate court examination of the appeals in the criminal case involving him.
"Even the fact that Tsarukyan is currently infected with the coronavirus will not prevent the court session from continuing. Taking into account the existing amount [of case materials], the appeal by the prosecutor's office, several appeals by the [legal] defenders, it will not be possible to complete [it] in terms of time," the lawyer said.
And referring to the content of the appeals by Tsarukyan’s legal defense team, Sargsyan said as follows, in particular: "(…) all this is political; we have detailed analyzes on it. We believe that these arguments should be examined because the court of first instance had noted that they are not subject to examination at this stage; but according to our position, it should be examined."
As reported earlier, the prosecutor's office has appealed the first-instance court's decision to deny the motion to arrest Gagik Tsarukyan as a pretrial measure, asking the appellate court to overturn this decision and to have the PAP leader arrested.
Tsarukyan's legal defenders, on the other hand, have filed two appeals, one of which concerns reasonable doubt. The defense considers that no evidence has been presented to the court that will substantiate Tsarukyan being involved in that criminal case.
The second appeal concerns the legality of the proceedings, which, according to the PAP leader’s lawyers, should have been initially investigated by the Special Investigation Service, and not by the National Security Service.
Gagik Tsarukyan is charged with vote buying, but he does not accept the charge and says it is unlawful.