ArmInfo. The Venice Commission is ready to provide an advisory opinion on the case of the second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan. This was reported by the press service of the Constitutional Court (CC).
The CC's statement, in particular, states: "In a message addressed to the Chairman of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan, Secretary of the Venice Commission Thomas Markert said that the commission is ready to provide an advisory opinion (amicus curiae opinion)."
It should be noted that the Constitutional Court, on the basis of a statement by the court of general jurisdiction of Yerevan and the second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, made a procedural decision on July 18 to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights and the Venice Commission to receive an advisory opinion on determining whether article 300.1 of the Criminal Code complies with the RA Constitution.
Second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan is accused of overthrowing the Constitutional system in Armenia in 2008. At that time, the Armenian opposition, led by first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who ran for the presidential election on February 19, 2008 and lost them to Serzh Sargsyan, then held meetings in the center of Yerevan, expressing dissatisfaction with the official voting results. Protests rallied March 1- 2 on the riots, killing ten people, about 200 were injured. To recall, earlier Kocharyan's defense noted that the criminal prosecution against Kocharyan has no legal basis, since he cannot be charged under Article 300.1 of the RA Criminal Code in connection with the events of 2008, since this article was supplemented in 2009. Moreover, the corpus delicti provided for in Article 300.1 did not exist during the events of February-March 2008.