An Armenian court on Friday put the former president in custody on charges linked to a deadly police crackdown on a 2008 protest over alleged voting fraud. Robert Kocharian, 64, spent two weeks in jail last summer on charges of violating the constitutional order by sending police to break up the protest in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.
He was freed on appeal, but on Friday a higher court ordered that he should stay behind bars. Kocharian’s lawyer said he walked to jail without waiting for police to escort him there. Kocharian rejects the charges, calling them a political vendetta by incumbent Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, who helped stage the 2008 protest. “The main organiser of the events … tries to clean himself of blood,” Kocharian said of Pashinian in a statement Friday.
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17 August, 2019