The current authorities pursue the goal of ‘locking up’ everyone who committed a crime during the deadly postelection unrest in 2008, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said on Thursday, reacting to the remarks of former President Robert Kocharian, a key suspect in the case.
Members of the Armenian parliament representing the former ruling party on Thursday initiated a probe into possible “obstruction of justice” following a wiretapping scandal involving two top security officials that broke out earlier this week.
Former Armenian President Robert Kocharian who faces charges of breaching the constitution has again accused the current authorities of carrying out a political persecution against him, claiming that the telephone conversations of two top security officials that were leaked to the media earlier this week provided more evidence of that.
Armenia’s Police and National Security Service have reported that they immediately executed the order issued by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian in the wake of yesterday’s wiretapping scandal to conduct raids to disarm “so-called bodyguards of oligarchs and [former] high-ranking officials” who illegally possess weapons.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian urged all his supporters in Yerevan to defeat ‘counterrevolution’ in an upcoming mayoral election as he addressed a campaign rally in one of the city districts on Tuesday night.
The army not only participated in quelling post-election protests in Armenia in 2008, but also fired at people and residential buildings, a top Armenian investigator insisted on Tuesday, referring to special army units allegedly formed by former authorities for the purpose.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has condemned the wiretapping and posting of telephone conversations that took place between the chiefs of security and investigation agencies in late July and concerned the prosecution of ex-president Robert Kocharian and other former officials in connection with 2008 deadly post-election events.