Armenia's ex-president Kocharian charged over 2008 crackdown

Armenia's ex-president Kocharian charged over 2008 crackdown

Armenia’s Special Investigation Service accused former President Robert Kocharyan (1998-2008) of uprooting the constitutional order in 2008, and appealed to the court to choose the arrest as pre-trial restrictions, its press service said.

Former President Robert Kocharyan is accused of uprooting the constitutional order in the country with a group of people after the presidential election of 2008. 

The Special Investigation Service has filed a query with the court to choose arrest as pre-trial restrictions for Kocharyan, TASS reported.

On March 1, 2008, Kocharian declared a state of emergency and ordered army units into Yerevan amid vicious clashes between protesters and security forces trying to disperse them. According to the Special Investigation Service, retired General Mikael Harutiunian, who served as defense minister during the 2008 unrest, started “illegally” deploying troops in the Armenian capital a week before the unrest.

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