Who supported Kocharyan

Who supported Kocharyan

Last week the Prosecutor General's Office of Armenia rejected motion of deputies of the National Assembly to overturn arrest of ex-president Robert Kocharyan. "At this stage, there are still grounds for arrest, which was chosen as a preventive measure against Robert Kocharyan. Different measure can't guarantee integrity of the investigation," Arevik Khachatryan, head of the Public Relations Department of the Prosecutor General's Office, said, according to Armenpress.

It's a case when decision of the authorities corresponds to the public opinion. Local experts say that of all Armenian leaders, Kocharyan was the most hated by society, which contributed to his aggressive and brutal leadership. However, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan refuses to comment on the situation with Kocharian's arrest. Pashinyan said that he doesn't want to influence the course of this investigation.

On August 9th, the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) published names of those deputies who spoke in support of Kocharyan. Armenian media quoted their statement:

"Attempts to identify deputies of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) who asked to change Robert Kocharyan's punishment turned into some unnecessary speculations. Each deputy decides for himself when and under what circumstances to reveal his decisions publically.

It's not some secret list, and we can publish names of the RPA faction deputies who signed document in support of former president:

1. Ara Babloyan

2. Vahram Baghdasaryan

3. Eduard Sharmazanov

4. Arpine Hovhannisyan

5. Gagik Melikyan

6. Vahram Harutyunyan

7. Mihram Hakobyan

8. Karine Achemyan

9. Jemma Baghdasaryan

10. Prince Khazanov

11. Arsen Mikhailov

12. Armen Ashotyan

13. Andranik Harutyunyan

14. Aram Harutyunyan

15. Harutyun Karapogosyan

16. Arkady Hambardzumyan

17. Hakob Hakobyan

18. Karen Avagyan

19. Araik Hovhannisyan

20. Robert Sargsyan

21. Shushan Sardaryan

22. Hermine Naghdalyan

23. Margarita Yesayan

24. Artashes Geghamyan

25. Nairi Sahakyan

26. Rustam Makhmudyan

27. Araik Grigoryan

28. Samvel Nikoyan

29. Shushan Petrosyan

30. Hayk Babukhanyan

31. Galust Sahakyan

32. Samvel Farmanyan

33. Khosrov Harutyunyan

34. Mihran Poghosyan

35. Ruzanna Muradyan

36. Karen Karapetyan

37. Karen Bekaryan

38. They are dragging Vardapetyan

39. Nahapetyan Koryun

40. Gagik Minasyan

41. Avet Sargsyan"

At the end of July, special investigative service accused Kocharyan of going against constitutional order during dispersal of protests on March 1, 2008. Arrested (for two months), Kocharyan believes that authorities are trying to stop his participation in political processes on the eve of early parliamentary elections.

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