Consequences of Welvet Revolution


Authorities expected to disclose assets of ex-President Robert Kocharyan
/Feb 1/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – The Investigative Department of the National Security Service (NSS) will soon make a statement disclosing the assets of former President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan and his family, NSS Director Artur Vanetsyan told reporters.

“A criminal investigation is underway, and soon the Investigative Department of the National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia will deliver a corresponding statement,” Vanetsyan said.

Earlier in 2018, Vanetsyan had claimed that they possess information on how Kocharyan’s family became the owner of Congress hotel, an upscale hotel in downtown Yerevan.

Vanetsyan said that a criminal investigation on money laundering is underway.

2nd President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, who ruled the country from 1998 to 2008, spent two weeks in jail in summer of 2018, but was eventually freed. But on December 7, a higher court overruled the release and ordered him to be remanded into custody pending trial again.

At the time the court announced the verdict, Kocharyan turned himself in to authorities.

Kocharyan is charged for ‘overthrowing constitutional order’ during the 2008 post-election unrest, when clashes between security forces and protesters left 10 people dead, including two police officers, during his final days as president.
He vehemently denies wrongdoing.


Ex-president Sargsyan interrogated in March 1 case
/Feb 4/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Ex-president of Armenian Serzh Sargsyan was interrogated for several hours in the Special Investigation Service in the March 1 case, armtimes.com said.
“We managed to find out that Sargsyan was interrogated for several hours as a witness in the March 1 case. According to our source, the interrogation will continue,” the newspaper writes, noting that the Special Investigation Service declined comments.
The Armenian opposition, led by the first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who ran for the presidential elections on February 19, 2008, held rallies in the center of Yerevan from February 20, expressing dissatisfaction with the official results that gave the victory to Serzh Sargsyan. The protests on March 1-2, 2008, resulted in riots and clashes between protesters and law enforcement forces, which killed ten people and wounded over 200 people.
The Constitutional Court recognized the 2008 elections as legitimate. Serzh Sargsyan was said to have received 52.86% of the votes, and Levon Ter-Petrosyan – 21.5%.
The second president of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, who preceded Sargsyan, is accused of overthrowing the constitutional order. He is currently under arrest. Former chief of staff of armed forces Yuri Khachaturov, who was detained but released on bail of 5 million drams, and former defense ministers Mikael Harutyunyan, who is now in Russia and Seyran Ohanyan are also involved in the March 1 case as defendants.
 

Robert Kocharyan again makes statement during court hearing Robert Kocharyan again makes statement during court hearing
/Feb 4/News.am/

YEREVAN – Armenia’s second president Robert Kocharyan again took the floor during the hearing at the Court of Appeal on Monday, and he also touched upon the issues raised during the 6-hour hearing, as well as expressed his position on the prosecution, Hayk Alumyan, an attorney of Armenia’s second President told reporters on Monday.

Armenia’s second President Robert Kocharyan—along with several other former officials—has been charged within the framework of the criminal case into the tragic events that transpired in Yerevan on March 1 and 2, 2008—and under Article 300.1 Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code; that is, breaching Armenia’s constitutional order, in conspiracy with others.

On March 1 and 2, 2008 the then authorities of Armenia used force against the opposition members who were rallying in downtown Yerevan, and against the results of the presidential election on February 19, 2008. Eight demonstrators as well as two servicemen of the internal troops were killed in the clashes. But no one had been brought to account for these deaths, to this day.
 

Decision on Armenian second president’s custody matter will be announced on February 7 Decision on Armenian second president’s custody matter will be announced on February 7
/Feb 4/News.am/

YEREVAN. – The decision on the custody matter regarding second President Robert Kocharyan will be announced on February 7.

On January 18, the capital city Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction granted the petition by the Special Investigation Service, and with a request to extend Kocharyan’s confinement for another two months but denied the motion by the legal defense team of Kocharyan, and to the effect that their client be released from custody on bail. The defense, however, appealed this ruling to the Criminal Court of Appeal.

Robert Kocharyan was first remanded in custody on July 27, 2018 by a decision of the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction. But on August 13, the Court of Appeal granted Robert Kocharyan’s legal defenders’ appeal to commute the first-instance court’s decision on remanding their client in custody, and Kocharyan was released from courtroom on the grounds that he had presidential immunity.

But on November 15, the Court of Cassation overturned the Criminal Court of Appeal decision on remanding—and on the grounds of presidential immunity—Robert Kocharyan in custody, and the case was sent to the same court for a retrial.

And with its ruling on December 7, 2018 the Criminal Court of Appeal upheld the first instance court’s July 27 decision on remanding Robert Kocharyan in custody. On the same day—December 7, Kocharyan was remanded in custody a second time.   

Armenia’s second President Robert Kocharyan—along with several other former officials—has been charged within the framework of the criminal case into the tragic events that transpired in Yerevan on March 1 and 2, 2008—and under Article 300.1 Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code; that is, breaching Armenia’s constitutional order, in conspiracy with others.

On March 1 and 2, 2008 the then authorities of Armenia used force against the opposition members who were rallying in downtown Yerevan, and against the results of the presidential election on February 19, 2008. Eight demonstrators as well as two servicemen of the internal troops were killed in the clashes. But no one had been brought to account for these deaths, to this day.
 

Authorities refuse to comment on rumoured questioning of Serzh Sargsyan
/Feb 4/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – The Special Investigative Service (SIS) has refused to confirm or deny media rumors on former President Serzh Sargsyan being questioned as a witness amid the ongoing investigation into the March 1 case.

“The Special Investigative Service does not comment on the information about Serzh Sargsyan being questioned in the March 1 case,” SIS spokesperson Marina Ohanjanyan told ARMENPRESS.

According to unconfirmed media reports Sargsyan has been questioned for nearly 5 hours.

The March 1 case refers to the 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan. At that time, Sargsyan served as Prime Minister.

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