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YEREVAN. – The court session on the case of Armen Tavadyan, the owner of 5th Channel television of Armenia, and Varuzhan Mkrtchyan, a supporter of second President of Robert Kocharyan, has resumed Friday.

At the previous hearing, it was decided to examine three criminal cases in one proceeding.

In one criminal case, Tavadyan is accused of bribing a victim of the March 2008 case in order to give false testimony in court.

Armen Tavadyan and Varuzhan Mkrtchyan were charged with committing the aforesaid act by an organized group.

On March 12, the Criminal Court of Appeal had made a decision to release Tavadyan. Speaking to reporters, his attorney Hovhannes Khudoyan had said that the reason for granting the respective appeal was the lack of reasonable doubt.

The two other criminal cases refer to the incident that took place outside the court in May 2019, in parallel with the discussion of the pretrial measure of ex-president Robert Kocharyan, with the participation of civic activist Vartges Gaspari. An incident had occurred between him and Armen Tavadyan.

A criminal case was initiated in connection with the incident, and on charges of hooliganism committed by a group of people. Charges were brought against Armen Tavadyan and Robert Kocharyan's supporters Sergey Sazhumyan and Gevorg Bakaryan.

The cases of Armen Tavadyan and the other two persons were sent to court separately.

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