Law 17:08 07/10/2019 Armenia

Court rejected recusal motion of judge presiding over ex-president Kocharyan’s case

The Yerevan Court of Shengavit District rejected on Monday the recusal motion filed by Armenia’s ex-President Robert Kocharyan defense team to recuse judge Anna Danibekyan. Danibekyan is hearing in the criminal case involving Armenia’s second President Robert Kocharyan, and three other former officials.

The defense team of the ex-president earlier demanded the judge to recuse herself from the hearing, citing her ‘behavior toward R. Kocharyan.’

Judge Anna Danibekyan earlier declined two consecutive motions of the defense team to cease criminal prosecution against the ex-president, following the Constitutional Court ruling on the unconstitutionality of a legal provision used as grounds to prosecute the former president. The court later declined the motion of the defense team to release the ex-president on bail

To remind, Armenia’s second President Kocharyan is in custody since December 7, 2018, pending trial. He is charged with overthrowing Armenia’s constitutional order during the March 1-2, 2008 post-election events in Yerevan. Kocharyan and his lawyers strongly deny the charges as ‘politically motivated’.



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