The court hearing in the criminal case against Aghvan Hovsepyan—former Prosecutor General and ex-Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Armenia— resumed Tuesday in Yerevan.
Hovsepyan, however, is not at the courtroom.
He has been hospitalized.
Hovsepyan was diagnosed with severe diabetes.
Hovsepyan, who has been in custody for about ten months now, continues to receive a large dose of insulin.
Earlier in the day, the Criminal Court of Appeal had ruled that Hovsepyan shall continue to be remanded in custody. His attorneys had appealed the first instance court's decision to leave their client’s precautionary measure of arrest unchanged. They had motioned the court to commute his aforesaid precautionary measure to release on bail—and due to Hovsepyan's health condition.
According to the indictment based on the Special Investigation Service findings, Aghvan Hovsepyan, who held the post of Prosecutor General, then Chairman of the Investigative Committee, from 2004 to 2018, had legalized—i.e., money laundering—1,299,404,414 drams (approx. $2,854,105), participated in the management of a number of business companies, taken 190 million drams (approx. $417,329) in bribes, and fraudulently stolen 800 million drams (approx. $1,757,177) worth of property.
Hovsepyan has been charged under several articles of the Criminal Code, and is remanded in custody.
Aghvan Hovsepyan does not accept the charge. His lawyers claim that he is unlawfully taken into custody, and demand that a criminal case be opened in this regard.