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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Armenia needs to take actions to change the pre-trial measure against Armen Charchyan since the inhuman attitude towards a person who has saved thousands of lives goes to show that there are phenomena in our country that are illogical and irrational. Gegham Manukyan—member of ‘Armenia’ bloc which won seats in parliament after the snap parliamentary elections on June 20, member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun political party—said this during today’s protest in support of doctor Armen Charchyan in front of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Armenia.

“After Professor Armen Charchyan’s health condition worsened, his attorneys quickly submitted a motion-report to the Prosecutor General’s Office with the demand to change his pre-trial measure. A day has passed, but there is still no response from the Prosecutor General’s Office, and our compatriots gathered here are reiterating the lawful demand that Charchyan’s attorneys had presented,” Manukyan said.

The protest ended, and the participants left. During the whole protest, police officers were standing in a line near the entrance to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Charchyan is charged under the elements of a particular article of the Criminal Code of Armenia, that is, giving a bribe to voters, receiving a bribe, violating the ban on charity during elections or obstructing implementation of the free will of voters. Charchyan doesn’t accept the charge brought against him.

According to the investigator of the Special Investigation Service, if Charchyan stays in liberty, he will hide from the body implementing proceedings and obstruct investigation of the case.

The court had declared the detention of Charchyan as unlawful. After his release, he gave a press conference during which he touched upon the launched criminal case and insisted that it is a ‘phony case’.

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