Politics 18:10 21/06/2019 Armenia

Constitutional Court sets date for hearing of ex-president Robert Kocharyan’s case

The Constitutional Court of Armenia has made procedural decisions on court proceedings involving Armenia’s second President Robert Kocharyan.

A Yerevan court suspended Kocharyan’s trial last month citing a “suspicion of discrepancy” between the Armenian Constitution and the charges brought against the ex-president after ordering his release from custody and forwarded the case to the Constitutional Court for review.

As the Constitutional Court said in a statement on Friday, based on Robert Kocharyan’s application the Court took the case for consideration to rule on the conformity of the brought charges against the ex-president with the Constitution of Armenia. The date for the first hearing is scheduled for August 29 at 10:00 Yerevan time.

Meanwhile, the Court rejected Yuri Khachaturov’s petition about the examination of the case to determine the compliance of Articles in question to the Constitution of Armenia.

Kocharyan in the scope of the criminal investigation into the so-called March 1 events - the post presidential election crackdown in 2008 during which eight civilians and two police officers were killed. Kocharyan, who served as Armenia’s president at a time of March 1, 2008, declared a 20-day state of emergency, with the approval of the Armenian parliament, banning future demonstrations and charged for “illegally mobilizing Armenia’s Armed Forces against peaceful demonstrators,” that was qualified as a “breach of constitutional order.”



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