The court adjourned the hearing over change of the pre-trial measure against leader of Prosperous Armenia Party Gagik Tsarukyan and set the next date for October 22 (4:30 p.m.). This is what one of Tsarukyan’s attorneys Yerem Sargsyan told reporters, adding that the court has requested certain documents that need to be submitted.
Samvel Dilbandyan, one of the other attorneys, told reporters that the preliminary investigation body has never made them an offer and has immediately submitted the motion for arrest, while the attorneys’ objections were against arrest. He added that the preliminary investigation body hasn’t submitted any evidence showing that Tsarukyan may obstruct the preliminary investigation and said there were general approaches according to which Tsarukyan is the leader of a political party, has ties and resources, but there was no factual and substantive datum.
“The existence of a ground for arrest doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be a pledge for the particular person. As far as the danger of the act for the public is concerned, this act no longer presents a danger to the public. If it presented a danger, it would be classified as a grave or particularly grave crime,” he said.
Tsarukyan is charged with electoral fraud. Arrest has been selected as a pre-trial measure. Tsarukyan doesn’t accept the charges brought against him and believes this is political persecution against him.