Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS) has officially prohibited former Armenian President Robert Kocharian from traveling abroad pending investigation into a criminal case in which coup charges have been brought against him.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian sees no political implications behind Russian President Vladimir Putin’s congratulations to Armenia’s ex-president Robert Kocharian on his birthday extended during the reported phone conversation between the two on August 31.
“Zhoghovurd” reports on new circumstances in the criminal case concerning the 2008 post-election events. In particular, the Special Investigation Service (SIS) says that a criminal probe has been launched into the predawn action by police to dismantle a protest camp early on March 1, 2008, which became a prelude to the violence later that day that led to 10 deaths.
A top candidate for Yerevan mayor running in this month’s municipal elections in an alliance loyal to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has expressed his regret over some controversial statements he made during a weekend campaign fundraising event.
Retired general Artur Aghabekian, who once served as Armenia’s deputy defense minister and currently advises the ethnic Armenian leader of Nagorno-Karabakh, denies charges of large-scale embezzlement from the fund where he has served as chairman of the board of trustees.