August 10
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Based on the application filed by at least one fifth of the total number of deputies of the National Assembly of Armenia, the Constitutional Court has announced its decision on determining the constitutionality of particular articles of the Criminal Procedure Code of Armenia.

According to the Constitutional Court, a person with the status of deputy in custody may not be kept in custody from the moment that he or she obtains the status of deputy.

Deputy of the opposition “Armenia” Faction Aram Vardevanyan wrote about this decision on his Facebook page.

“They kept our fellow deputies in custody in an embarrassingly illegally way for all these months, and now they are going to release them immediately. This time the Higher Court ensured constitutional justice,” he wrote.

The aim of the application was to release arrested deputies of the “Armenia” Faction Mkhitar Zakaryan and Artur Sargsyan.

Applicant Aram Vardevanyan had declared several times that they needed to be released from custody after being elected MPs due to parliamentary immunity.

Former Mayor of Meghri, deputy of the “Armenia” Faction Mkhitar Zakaryan was arrested on July 13 and is charged with abuse of official powers and official forgery.

Former Mayor of Sisian, deputy of the “Armenia” Faction Artur Sargsyan was arrested on July 18 and is charged with abuse of official powers and official forgery.

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