Robert Kocharyan greeted with applause outside the Yerevan court

Panorama, Armenia
Jan 19 2021

Armenia's former president Robert Kocharyan approached his supporters outside the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction on Monday, where he had arrived to attend the hearing in the case concerning the alleged overthrow of the constitutional order. The citizens greeted Kocharyan with applause and chants "Kocharyan – Hero."

On Tuesday, the hearing in the case of Robert Kocharyan and three other former top officials – Seyran Ohanyan, Armen Gorgyan and Yuri Khachaturov has resumed, presided by Judge Anna Danibekyan. 

The ex-officials stand accused of overthrowing Armenia’s constitutional order during the 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan, but all of them deny any wrongdoing. Since midday, dozens of citizens gathered outside the court building for a protest. They held posters, reading:  "Those who surrendered to Turks organize a trial fo,  those who brought Turks to knees," "Authorities who sold Shushi vs Heroes who liberated Shushi."

"I am thankful to you for being here. Thank you for your support. I have been with you and will always be. My request is not to stay here as the  court has announced a break. Go home. I am really touched for all your support," said Kocharyan. 

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