ArmInfo. Robert Kocharyan must and he will bear responsibility for the crimes committed against the people. I think that precisely on September 12 he should realize that the people would not forgive him, would not forgive the fact that they were shot by his order. Levon Zurabyan, Deputy Chairman of the Armenian National Congress Party, expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
On September 12, a trial begins against the former president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, during which the prosecution will announce the full text of the crimes of which he is charged.
"On September 12, Kocharyan will fully feel that he is dealing with people demanding justice. We will also be present in court on this day and urge our fellow citizens to join this important initiative. Society must demonstrate to the court that it expects justice, "he stressed.
However, Zurabyan did not rule out the possibility of pressure and influence on the Armenian authorities from Moscow in connection with the Kocharyan case. According to him, small countries like Armenia often have to implement flexible policies that take into account, among other things, the state interests of superpowers. However, according to Zurabyan's conviction, the Kocharyan's case is in no way connected with the state interests of Russia, being a purely internal matter of Armenia.
"Accordingly, we are the one who should make decisions, it is only our people who must do that. It is for us to decide what our country should be, what our justice should be. And no one should shoot people, violate the rights of citizens en masse, commit other crimes and remain with impunity, " Zurabyan summed up.
To recall, on June 26, 2018, the Special Investigation Service of Armenia charged Kocharyan with the overthrow of the constitutional system in the framework of the criminal case on the dispersal of protests on March 1, 2008. The former president is also charged with receiving bribes on an especially large scale. Kocharyan believes the charges are fabricated and politically motivated. In 2018, he was arrested and released twice, and at the end of June he was arrested for the third time.