ArmInfo. The criminals are sitting in the dock; they have committed a crime against the Armenian people. This was stated today at a meeting of the court of general jurisdiction of Yerevan in the case of the second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan and other former dignitaries, said Aram Manukyan, member of the Armenian National Congress party, former MP of the National Assembly of Armenia.
It should be noted that in addition to the second President of Armenia, the court session is also attended by former chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia, former CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov, the former Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic Armen Gevorgyan.
Manukyan called important the fact that society reacts and organizes protests in court, demanding imprisonment. "This is a problem of public dignity, our society must destroy the possibilities of such a crime," Manukyan said. In his opinion, the events of March 1, 2008 are not a legal process, but a historical crime against the Armenian people.
Meanwhile, speaking at a court hearing, Robert Kocharian called the case brought against him political persecution and the most shameful criminal case in the history of Armenia. He also expressed the opinion that in the future this criminal case will be written in textbooks, and the case will have both its negative and positive characters. Addressing the presiding judge Anna Danibekyan, Kocharyan emphasized that Danibekyan was writing another page in the history of this criminal case, and what this page would be like it depends on her..
It should be noted that today the trial of the second president of Armenia has opened. The court examines the defense's arguments and the allegations regarding the presidential immunity and the termination of the criminal case in the light of the recent decision of the Armenian Constitutional Court.