Protection of the former President of Armenia he will appeal the arrest

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in photobacteria Armenian President Robert Kocharian. Archival photoProtection of the former President of Armenia he will appeal the arrest© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

The court’s decision on arrest of the former President of Armenia Robert Kocharian will be appealed, the lawyer said Kocharyan Ruben Sahakyan.

«And there’s a lawyer who did not appeal against the decision? Of course, Yes,» said the President to journalists, answering a question about a possible appeal to the higher courts.

According to him, the former President made the decision easy. «This decision was expected,» said the lawyer.

According to the adopted in Armenia the procedure, the court on the petition of a consequence renders a decision on two-month arrest.

On Thursday, the Special investigation service has filed charges against Kocharian in the overthrow of the constitutional order in the criminal case about the protesters on 1 March 2008. The court directed the petition for its arrest. According to the Armenian Constitution, the President during and after the term of their powers may not be prosecuted and held accountable for his actions due to his status.

Kocharyan thinks the charges are trumped up as political persecution. According to the former President, this may be due to the desire to neutralize his participation in the political process on the eve of early parliamentary elections.

Earlier, the former defense Minister of Armenia Mikael Harutyunyan was involved as accused and is wanted in a criminal case initiated on the article «the overthrow of the constitutional order» in connection with the dispersal of protests in March 2008. The head of the Special investigation service reported that Harutyunyan is outside of the country. Kocharian on Thursday was questioned.

Previously, the press Secretary of the Special investigation service Marina Ohanjanyan told RIA Novosti that on interrogation in the said case on Thursday was also CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov, who served in 2008 in the armed forces of Armenia.

The Armenian opposition led by first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who ran in the presidential elections of 19 February 2008 and have lost to Serzh Sargsyan, then held in the center of Yerevan rallies, expressing dissatisfaction with the official results of the vote. The protests on March 1-2 resulted in riots and clashes of protesters with police, in which ten people were killed and about 200 were injured.

In 2008, the current Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinian was a member of the election headquarters of Levon Ter-Petrosyan and one of the active participants of the protests. He was declared wanted by law enforcement agencies and in the summer of 2009 surrendered to the authorities. The court of the administrative districts of the Center and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan on January 19, 2010 Nikol Pashinian was sentenced to seven years in prison for organizing a group of individuals of the riots. However, in may 2011 he was released under an Amnesty.

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