Tuesday, October 22 2019 12:51
Karina Manukyan

Gagik Tsarukyan: I did not visit Robert Kocharyan and haven`t asked  about the state of his health

Gagik Tsarukyan: I did not visit Robert Kocharyan and haven`t asked  about the state of his health

ArmInfo. I have not asked about the state of health of the second President of Armenia Robert Kocharian, and I have not visited him at the hospital. On October 22,  Gagik Tsarukyan, leader of the Prosperous Armenia party, said  in an  interview with reporters.  To recall, Kocharyan was operated on  October 9 at the Izmirlyan MC, and yesterday he was discharged and  transferred to the Yerevan-Kentron Penitentiary Institution.

''I learn news about Kocharyan only from the media. I am interested  in all the presidents - the first, second, third and fourth, as well  as the prime minister, since I live in this country. You constantly  want to connect my name with one of them, but Tsarukyan has no  obligations to anyone. Tsarukyan wants development and prosperity for  the country and people, and we have all the opportunities to achieve  this goal'', he said.  On July 26, 2018, the Special Investigation  Service of Armenia charged Kocharian 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. Kocharian  believes the charges are trumped-up political persecution. In 2018,  Kocharyan was arrested twice. In late June, he was arrested for the  third time.

The Constitutional Court of Armenia declared the article of the Code  of Criminal Procedure, which lists cases in which criminal  prosecution is not possible, unconstitutional and invalid. This  decision was taken in view of the fact that the article does not  provide for the inviolability of officials with special protection.   Kocharian's lawyers filed a petition with the Yerevan Court of First  Instance, demanding his release, which was rejected. 

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