A Yerevan court refused to arrest Tsarukyan for bribery of voters

The court in Yerevan refused on Sunday to arrest the head of the Armenian opposition parliamentary faction of "prosperous Armenia" Gagik Tsarukyan, who is accused of bribing voters in the parliamentary elections of 2017, said Sunday his lawyer EREM Sargsyan.

On Tuesday, Parliament of Armenia has satisfied the petition of the public Prosecutor on the resolution on prosecution and arrest of the leader of "Prosperous Armenia" Tsarukyan. The opposition want to involve under article "complicity in bribe voters, violations of the ban on charity during elections or obstructing free expression of will of voters". The attorney General's claim that a sane Tsarukyan act was committed in the run-up to parliamentary elections on 2 April 2017. Politician suspected of creating an organized group to bribe the voters. Sam Tsarukyan calls the charges political persecution.

"The court rejected the prosecution motion to arrest Tsarukyan. I am pleased that the court has found the strength and stood above the political process," he said to journalists.

On the fifth of June at a meeting of the political Council of the party Tsarukyan proposed to change the government at 100%. According to him, the main problem is that in government there are no experienced people. The Deputy refers to actions of law enforcement authorities as political persecution.

Prosperous Armenia is a political force with a liberal slant - was created by Tsarukian in 2004. In the current Parliament the party holds 25 seats out of 132.