YEREVAN, May 8. /ARKA/. Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) incumbent president Bako Sahakyan and its second president, Arkady Ghukasyan, asked Armenia’s prosecutor’s office to release Nagorno-Karabakh first president Robert Kocharyan from custody on the eve of May 9.
The request distributed by Bako Sahakyan’s press office, says that every year May 9 in Artsakh is celebrated as the Day of Victory in WW II, the Day of the Karabakh Defense Army and an anniversary of the liberation of the town of Shushi.
The request says on this day all former leaders of the Artsakh Republic, who made a great contribution to the Artsakh war are among the dignitaries who take part in these festivities in Stepanakert and Shushi. Sahakyan and Ghukasyan ask the prosecutor general to release Kocharyan from custody pending his trial.
“We are ready to give public guarantees that will be necessary for releasing him from the detention center and remaining at large during the entire period of the upcoming legal process,” their request says.
A press secretary for the Prosecutor General’s Office Arevik Khachatryan said that an official comment would be provided later.
On December 7, 2018 Armenia’s Court of Appeals upheld the judgment of a lower court on remanding Robert Kocharyan. Kocharyan, who served two terms as president of Armenia in 1998-2008 and is charged with toppling constitutional order in collusion with other persons in 2008 March.
The case dates back to late February and early March 2008 following the disputed presidential election, when then prime minister Serzh Sargsyan was declared the winner, angering the opposition, led by the first Armenian president Levon Ter-Petrosyan and setting off 10 days of nonstop protests that led to a crackdown on March 1, in which 10 people were killed and more than 200 injured. -0-