Armenia’s ex-President Robert Kocharyan goes on trial

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Public Radio of Armenia

Armine Gevorgyan
Public Radio of Armenia

The trial of Armenia’s ex-President Robert Kocharyan, former Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan, former CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov and former Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan started at first-instance court in Yerevan today.

The first hearing was dedicated to Robert Kocharyan’s preventive measure. The ex-President was present at the sitting.

Robert Kocharyan, Seyran Ohanyan and Yuri Khachaturov are charged with overthrowing the constitutional order in March 2008. Ten people were killed in clashed between police and protesters in March 1 unrest that followed the presidential elections.

Armen Gevorgyan is charged with assisting Robert Kocharyan in overthrowing constitutional order in his capacity as Secretary of the National Security Council.

Robert Kocharyan is also charged with taking a bribe in a particularly large amount ($3 million) from businesswoman Silva Hakobyan in February 2008.

Armen Gveorgyan also allegedly took a bribe from the same person amounting to $1 million.

Dozens of Kocharyan’s supporters rallied Monday outside the Yerevan city court, holding placards that read “Kocharyan is a political prisoner” and “Political vendetta.”

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