Armenia top court rules prosecution of Kocharyan unconstitutional

March 26, 2021 – 18:47 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Constitutional Court of , based on applications submitted by the country’s second president Robert Kocharyan and the Court of First Instance of , ruled on Friday, March 26 that Article 300.1 of the Criminal Code contradicts the constitution and declared it invalid, Aysor.am reports.

Kocharyan, who was the President of Armenia in 1998–2008, was charged under Article 300.1 for overthrowing the constitutional order. The case is related to the crackdown on peaceful protesters marching against the results of the presidential election in March 2008. At the time, ten people were killed in clashes between protesters and the police, about 200 were injured.

According to Article 170.2 of the Constitution, the decision is final and enters into force upon publication.

Kocharyan’s lawyer Aram Vardevanyan said criminal prosecution against the former president will be terminated. Vardevanyan further elaborated that the top court’s decision means there is no Article 300.1 in the Criminal Code any more.

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