The court of Yerevan’s Shengavit district decided on Friday, July 27 to detain Robert Kocharyan, a former Armenian president, said Kocharyan’s lawyer Aram Orbelyan.
He said nothing else and declined to answer questions from journalists, but invited them for a news conference to be given the following morning.
Ruben Sahakyan, Kocharyan’s other lawyer, confirmed that the former President is detained and added that the latter took the court decision well.
On Thursday, the Special Investigation Agency of Armenia has filed a motion in court for authorization of detention of Robert Kocharyan. Earlier, Kocharyan had been summoned to the agency and was questioned as a witness. He was grilled for three hours. After the inquiry, he was released, but a little later it became known that he was already charged with toppling constitutional order in collusion with other persons, and that the agency has applied in court for a detention warrant.
Kocharyan had been summoned for questioning over the 2008 bloody events. After the 2008 presidential election, Armenian opposition headed by the first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who was defeated by Serzh Sargsyan in the then presidential race, staged protests saying the elections had been fraudulent and the results had been rigged. the rallies ended in clashes between protesters and law enforcement.
As a result, ten were killed and more than 200 injured. Many were arrested.