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Jailed Former Armenian President Kocharian Hospitalized


Former President Robert Kocharian greets supporters during his trial in Yerevan, May 15, 2019.

Armenia’s jailed former President Robert Kocharian was hospitalized late on Sunday, according to his lawyer.

Hovannes Khudoyan told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service (Azatutyun.am) on Monday that doctors at Yerevan’s Erebuni medical center had assigned inpatient treatment to his client.

“Kocharian is to undergo some medical examinations and will probably need to stay in hospital for several days,” said the lawyer, without elaborating as to what medical problem the 65-year-old former president has.

Head of Kocharian’s office Viktor Soghomonian, meanwhile, told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service (Azatutyun.am) that the former president was taken to hospital with fluctuating blood pressure.

Kocharian, who ruled Armenia in 1998-2008, currently stands trial on coup and corruption charges mostly stemming from the 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan. He rejects these charges as politically motivated.

Since being arrested in July 2018, Kocharian has twice been released from pretrial detention by court decisions, but in both cases he was rearrested after prosecutors’ appeals. The last time he was remanded in prison was last June.

In October the former Armenian president underwent what medics described as a successful surgery at a Yerevan clinic. Doctors then refused to reveal the medical condition Kocharian suffered from for privacy reasons. The ex-president’s son Levon Kocharian told media in November that his father had a benign tumor removed. He did not give further details.

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