ArmInfo. "I do not think that anyone, including Robert Kocharyan, has absolute immunity envisaged by the Constitution, if there are grounds for charging him, they will be presented to him," the Prime Minister said at a press conference today responding to a question about whether second president Robert Kocharyan has absolute immunity envisaged by the Constitution, in case he is charged under March 1 case.
"I think that there is misunderstanding on this issue. It is wrong to consider that someone has full immunity before the law. Everything else is under control of the investigative bodies, I can only note that when I introduced the Head of the Special Investigative Service, I explained very clearly what tasks this body faces. One of the main tasks is to investigate the events of March 1. I am glad that we have made serious progress on this issue and I hope that they will lead to concrete results. I consider it very important that the investigation be conducted with the participation of all people, involved in this process, and also, with full observance of the law, "Pashinyan said.
The Prime Minister stressed that it would be a shame for him if there are political prisoners in Armenia. "I say this not as a Prime Minister of Armenia, but as a prime minister who himself was previously a political prisoner. Existence of political prisoners in the country would be a shame for me, I assure you that we will not have political prisoners in Armenia, but this does not mean that any criminal case will be closed because of any person. If there are sufficient legal grounds for bringing to criminal responsibility, any person, whoever he/she is, will be held responsible, "concluded Pashinyan. To note, Robert Kocharyan was summoned for questioning to the Special Investigation Service as a witness, but as the second president is abroad, he promised to come for questioning on July 26. The head of the Investigative Service Sasun Khachatryan assured that if Kocharyan does not appear for an interrogation on July 26, appropriate measures will be taken. In turn, the head of the office of the second president Viktor Soghomonyan assured that Kocharyan is personally interested in disclosing the events of March 1, so that henceforth his name will not be speculated. "If all the processes take place on legal rather than a political basis, Kocharyan has nothing to fear of," Soghomonyan assured.
The former Defense Minister Mikael Harutyunyan is being charged under the case. He is accused of trying to overthrow the constitutional system by involving the army in political processes. Harutyunyan, however, is abroad, an international search has been announced. It should be noted that the protest actions against the results of the 2008 presidential elections, in which the victory was won by Serzh Sargsyan, resulted in riots and clashes of protesters with law enforcement forces on March 1-2, resulting in the death of ten people, over 200 injured. So far, those guilty for the crime have not been punished.