In Armenia the hearings of ex-President Kocharian will resume July 7

The constitutional court of Armenia will resume the hearing on the suit ex-President Robert Kocharyan on 7 July, according to a decision signed by the head of the COP Hrayr Tovmasian.

Earlier, the constitutional court requested an Advisory opinion from the European court of human rights and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on the issue of conformity with the Basic law of the country of articles of the criminal code "overthrow the constitutional order", on which the accused Kocharian. The Venice Commission, in its Advisory opinion in the case of Kocharian's recommended to be guided by the principle that interpretation of doubtful points in favor of the defendant. The ECtHR recalled the ban on retrospective application of criminal law to the detriment of the accused.

"To resume on 7 July at 11.00 (10.00 GMT) the hearing upon the appeal of Robert Kocharian and the court of first instance of General jurisdiction of Yerevan with a request to determine the constitutionality of article 300.1 ("overthrow of the constitutional order" – ed.) of the criminal code", - stated in the decision, the text of which is posted on the website of the COP.

Eighteenth of June, the court of Appeal of Armenia adopted a decision to release Kocharian on bail of 2 billion drams (about 4,15 million). Thus he satisfied the complaint of lawyers Kocharyan to the decision of the court of first instance of the city of Yerevan, which refused to release him. On Friday, the President returned home from the hospital after payment of bail.

The special investigation service on July 26, 2018 presented to Kocharian the prosecution to overthrow the constitutional order in the criminal case about the protesters on 1 March 2008. Kocharyan thinks the charges are trumped up as political persecution. In the case also are the former CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov, the ex-defense Minister Seyran Ohanian and former head of the presidential administration Armen Gevorgyan.