2 CONSTITUTIONAL COURT MEMBERS TO LEAVE OFFICE. ONE SECRETLY TALKED ABOUT LEVON TER-PETROSSIAN’S 2008 LAWSUIT
03.05.2014 14:33 epress.am
The powers of two members of Armenia’s Constitutional Court will soon
be revoked, reports local news provider Pastinfo.am [AM], noting that
since Manuk Topuzyan turns 65 today (and Constitutional Court members
hold office until the age of 65), he will have to leave his position
after his last case is closed, which is scheduled for June 3.
The age restriction will apply also to Constitutional Court
member Valeriy Poghosyan, who on March 25 will turn 70. Poghosyan
has been a Constitutional Court member since 1996, the date the
Constitutional Court was formed, which is why the old clause of the
2005 constitutional amendments — that Constitutional Court members
hold office until the age of 70 — applies to him.
Recall, in 2011, WikiLeaks released a US cable in which US Deputy
Chief of Mission (DCM) to Armenia Joseph Pennington in a letter
dated Mar. 7, 2008, said that US embassy officials were approached by
Valeriy Poghosyan on Mar. 6, 2008, for a secret meeting in which he
declared that then president of Armenia Robert Kocharian fixed the
court’s upcoming Mar. 8 decision to decide against the complaint by
ex-president Levon Ter-Petrossian (LTP) alleging vote fraud in the
disputed February 19, 2008 presidential election.