YEREVAN. – Tuesday’s Yerevan court hearing on the criminal case against second President Robert Kocharyan and former deputy prime minister Armen Gevorgyan—who is now an MP of the opposition “Armenia” Faction in the National Assembly of Armenia—was pushed back again.

The session did not take place due to Kocharyan's absence from the courtroom.

His defense attorney Hovhannes Khudoyan told the court that his client’s health problem, which was previously reported to the court, still exists, and it will take another 3 to 5 days for Kocharyan to fully recover. Also, the lawyer submitted a respective medical report.

Presiding Judge Anna Danibekyan, in turn, said that Armen Gevorgyan had submitted a petition to the court to allow him to leave the country, but it could not be considered at the moment.

The petition will be considered at the next court hearing, which was set for April 19.

As reported earlier, the previous court session was not held as Presiding Judge Anna Danibekyan was participating in training courses.

And the earlier court hearing did not take place due to Kocharyan not appearing in the courtroom because of health reasons.

Along the lines of the abovementioned criminal case, Robert Kocharyan and Armen Gevorgyan are charged with taking bribes—and based on the respective testimony of businesswoman Silva Hambardzumyan.