ArmInfo.Second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, who is accused of overthrowing the constitutional order in 2008, filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, accusing him of public slander. The Court of General Jurisdiction in Yerevan received the lawsuit on September 17.
As reported on the official website of the judicial information system, Robert Kocharyan filed a lawsuit against Nikol Pashinyan demanding protection of his honor and dignity from public slander. The information does not indicate which statements made by Pashinyan Kocharyan means.
Meanwhile, one of Robert Kocharyan's lawyers, Hayk Alumyan, told ArmInfo correspondent that the complaint was based on Nikol Pashinyan's public statements made during his visit to France concerning Robert Kocharyan. During the meeting with the Armenian community of Paris, Pashinyan provided explanations regarding Kocharyan in connection with the wiretapping of the telephone conversation between the heads of the National Security Service and the Armenian SIS. The defense of the second president, in particular, considers the following excerpt from the conversation of the Armenian prime minister as slander: ''Concerning the reason to release Robert Kocharyan, immunity." What does it mean to have immunity; can one kill people and be inviolable? "
That is, as the lawyer said, the prime minister states that Robert Kocharyan is the organizer of the murders and now refers to the inviolability, while this charge was not brought against the second president. "There is no such court decision, which entered into legal force, and according to which Kocharyan was found guilty of committing this crime," Alumyan stressed.
Consequently, as explained by Hayk Alumyan, Robert Kocharyan's lawyers insist on public apologies for the statements of Nikol Pashinyan. There are no claims for compensation, the representative of the second president noted.
It is noteworthy that on September 22 the son of the second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan - Sedrak Kocharyan, filed a lawsuit against the director of the National Security Service, the president of the Football Federation Artur Vanetsyan. As reported by the judicial information system, the plaintiff demanded to pay compensation for libel and publicly refute the statement. At the same time, it does not indicate which statement is meant. Meanwhile, on September 11, Vanetsyan stated during a press conference that a new criminal case was initiated against Robert Kocharyan on the fact of the Kocharyan family's acquisition of the Congress Hotel for a bribe of $ 6 million. He also said that the criminal case was instituted on the fact of laundering money. Nevertheless, the other day, the head of the National Security Service clarified a number of his earlier statements about Kocharyan, introducing them as "a consequence of a quick manner of speech." "I want to make only one amendment: during the press conference, I announced a bribe of 6 million. Do you remember?" It was "the result of a quick manner of speech." The matter concerns not a bribe, but funds acquired illegally, "Vanetsian said.