Wednesday, April 8 2020 13:08
Karina Manukyan

Lawyers call for the release of Robert Kocharian in connection with  the situation with the coronavirus

Lawyers call for the release of Robert Kocharian in connection with  the situation with the coronavirus

ArmInfo. Lawyers call for the release of the second president of Armenia Robert Kocharian from custody in connection with the situation with the coronavirus.  

At a press conference on April 8, Kocharian's lawyer Aram Vardevanyan  noted that the ex-president's release comes from the recommendations  voiced by international structures to begin the process of reviewing  preventive measures in connection with the current epidemiological  situation. In addition, Kocharian in terms of COVID-19 is also at  risk due to old age and health problems. Vardevanyan recalled that a  request had previously been submitted to change Kocharian's  preventive measure from arrest under personal guarantee, however, on  March 13, Judge Anna Danibekyan submitted an opinion on his temporary  incapacity for work. On the one hand, she has certain health  problems, however, as Vardevanyan noted, the consideration of the  application is not transferred to another judge.

According to him, according to the decision of the Supreme Judicial  Council, in such cases, consideration of the application on the basis  of chance should be transferred to another judge with the appropriate  qualifications. Given that the defense side does not even have  approximate information about how long Danibekyan will receive  treatment, Vardevanyan urged to resolve this issue as soon as  possible. According to him, for this purpose, the team of lawyers has  already appealed to various authorities, including the office of the  Ombudsman, where, as Vardevanyan noted, they acknowledged the  problem.  Robert Kocharian is being accused in the March 1, 2008  case. The charges were brought under Article 300.1 of the RA Criminal  Code (Overthrow of the Constitutional System).

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