Ex-president Kocharyan Will Remain in Custody for 2 More Months


The Court of Appeal has declined the appeal submitted by President Robert Kocharyan’s defenders against the decision of the first instance court. Kocharyan will remain in custody, Vahagn Muradyan, an officer of the Prosecutor General’s Office, told reporters.

“The decision was published. The appeals of Robert Kocharyan’s defenders have been declined. Kocharyan will remain in custody,” Muradyan said.

Earlier on January 18 the first instance court decided to prolong Robert Kocharyan’s custody by two months. Kocharyan’s defenders had appealed the January 18 decision of the court granting the motion of the Special Investigative Service to prolong the custody of the ex-president and declined the motion of Kocharyan’s defenders to release him on bail.

Kocharyan is charged with toppling constitutional order in Armenia on a preliminary agreement with other people under Article 300.1 of the Criminal Code as part of the investigation of the crackdown on demonstrations in Yerevan on 1 March 2008 resulting in ten deaths.

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