Pashinyan asks to unblock courthouses in Armenia

Pashinyan asks to unblock courthouses in Armenia

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on his supporters to unblock the court buildings across the country after announcing sweeping judiciary reforms.

"The time has come for a surgical intervention" with all judges to subjected to a thorough vetting during a "transitional" period,’ he told a televised cabinet meeting. 

The PM said he counts on the assistance of Armenia's international partners in implementing the judiciary reform which he said is the "second and most important stage of the revolution."

Pashinyan thanked all the citizens who, following his call, blocked the court buildings without exception. ‘I want to state that the purpose of that move was to fix the demand of the people to have a truly independent judicial system and I state that the government and the people of Armenia are united in this," he said.

The Prime Minister said that the government is starting concrete steps towards building a free judicial system. He said another goal of the move was to show the public outrage caused by the injustice of the judicial system. 

"Now it has become obvious to all that a truly independent judicial system cannot exist in Armenia without people's power. Everyone saw that illegal interventions in judicial processes will face tough popular opposition," ARKA cited him as saying.

Pashinyan’s appeal to block the courthouses came a day after a court in Yerevan ordered the release of ex-president Robert Kocharyan from pre-trial detention.

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