Armenia ex-President legal defense motions court for presiding judge’s recusal
At the hearing on the criminal case involving Armenia’s former President Robert Kocharyan and several other former senior officials, one of Kocharyan’s attorneys Hayk Alumyan filed a motion with the court for the recusal of presiding Judge Anna Danibekyan.
The second President’s legal defender said that there are several circumstances which preclude Danibekyan’s presiding over this trial.
According to Alumyan, Danibekyan cannot be considered a proper judge to preside over this court hearing, and she has a biased negative attitude towards Kocharyan, News.am reported.
On September 17 and 20, Danibekyan had ruled against releasing Kocharyan on the basis of the September 4 decision by the Constitutional Court, and then had denied his defendants’ motion to release him on bail.