MOSCOW, 1 Jul — RIA Novosti. Developments in Armenia are contrary to the statements of the new leadership of the country about the refusal to prosecute political predecessors, said the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, commenting on the case of dispersal of the protests on 1 March 2008.
Moscow as an ally of Yerevan has always been interested in the stability of Armenia, the Minister said.
“So what is happening there can’t we not bother including from the point of view of the task of the normal work of those organizations in the CIS, which involved Armenia,” he said.
The foreign Minister expressed hope that the situation is “still going on in a constructive way.”
Lavrov recalled that when he was a political crisis in Armenia in may, in Moscow “with great satisfaction he said” that he was resolved by compromise and with the participation of all major parties in this country. Russia hoped that based on this approach “all political forces”, and most importantly, the new Armenian leadership will continue “to promote a unifying approaches to strengthen national consensus”, said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.
The Arrest Of Robert Kocharian
The court in Yerevan was arrested last Friday, the former President of Armenia Robert Kocharian in the case of the crackdown on protests on 1 March 2008, said his lawyer Aram Orbelyan.
According to the adopted in Armenia procedure, the court on the petition of the investigation takes the decision about two-month arrest.
Last Thursday, the Special investigation service has filed charges against Kocharian in the overthrow of the constitutional order in the criminal case about the protesters on 1 March 2008.
Kocharyan believes the charges are trumped up as political persecution. According to the former President, this may be due to the desire to neutralize his participation in the political process on the eve of early parliamentary elections.
Earlier it was reported that the special investigation service of Armenia has charged the CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov in the framework of the criminal case about the protesters on 1 March 2008. The case was initiated under article “the Overthrow of the constitutional order”.
Khachaturov said that he did not recognize his guilt.
As reported RIA Novosti, the lawyer Mihran Poghosyan, the CSTO Secretary General, released by court on bail, is in the Republic.
“At the moment Khachaturov is in Armenia,” Poghosyan said. He added that no final opinion on the appeal. “Final opinion on this issue yet, but apparently, we’ll do it,” — said the lawyer.
“The mood is good, what is called the combat”
Under arrest, the former President of Armenia Robert Kocharian feels good and continues to train every day, said to RIA Novosti, the head of Kocharian’s office Victor Soghomonyan.
“The President feels well. He continues daily sports training. The mood is good, what is called a battle,” Soghomonyan said.
According to him, among other things, the President plans to continue working on an autobiographical book.
Riots in Armenia
In February 2008, supporters of Levon Ter-Petrosyan did not recognize the results of presidential elections announced by the CEC, and began round-the-clock rally at Freedom square in downtown Yerevan. On the morning of 1 March 2008 the Internal troops and special forces soldiers dispersed the opposition rally in Yerevan. Victims of clashes have killed 8 demonstrators and 2 employees of internal troops.
Upon the death of 10 people were prosecuted. Created numerous commissions, but to this day no one accountable and not involved.