YEREVAN. – Hraparak daily writes: Yesterday, the Criminal Court of Appeal completed the examination of the appeals by [opposition Prosperous Armenia Party leader, MP, and business tycoon] Gagik Tsarukyan's [legal] defenders and by the prosecutor, and entered the deliberation room.
"Tsarukyan went—with every call—to the body conducting the proceedings. This testifies to his proper conduct, whereas arrests are applied in case of improper conduct, therefore, the circumstance of both hiding and obstructing is excluded. They want to deprive the politician of his liberty under an article that provides for a fine,” said Tsarukyan's [legal] defender Samvel Dilbandyan.
"There is no one who says Tsarukyan instructed to buy votes. What did Tsarukyan say to Vazgen Poghosyan? ‘You can apply to the headquarters for election expenses.’ But ‘election expenses’ is a normal concept."