General Prosecution refrains to comment Constitutional Court’s Kocharyan decision for now
17:21, 4 September, 2019
YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 4, ARMENPRESS. The General Prosecution of Armenia will express its position over the Constitutional Court’s decision on ex-President Robert Kocharyan’s motion after it receives the complete decision, General Prosecution spokesperson Arevik Khachatryan told ARMENPRESS.
“We can speak about the possible consequences of the Constitutional Court’s decision only after having the complete decision. Therefore, we can’t say anything until then,” Khachatryan said.
The Constitutional Court of Armenia issued its verdict over ex-President Robert Kocharyan’s appeal regarding his arrest.
Robert Kocharyan, currently in pre-trial detention on charges of “overthrowing constitutional order” during the 2008 Yerevan unrest, requested the Constitutional Court to determine whether or not his arrest is constitutional, i.e. whether paragraph 2 of Article 135 and Article 35 of the Criminal Procedures Code are in conformity with the Constitution.
On September 4, the Constitutional Court delivered a verdict, partly approving Kocharyan’s motion.
The Constitutional Court ruled that Article 35 of the Criminal Procedures Code contradicts respective articles of the Constitution and is invalid in terms of not envisaging official immunity among the circumstances which exclude criminal prosecution.
The Constitutional Court, however, ruled that paragraph 2 of Article 135 is constitutional.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan
Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 04-09-19
17:30, 4 September, 2019
YEREVAN, 4 SEPTEMBER, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 4 september, USD exchange rate up by 0.17 drams to 476.50 drams. EUR exchange rate up by 3.81 drams to 525.01 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate up by 0.06 drams to 7.18 drams. GBP exchange rate up by 9.92 drams to 580.66 drams.
The Central Bank has set the following prices for precious metals.
Gold price вup by 190.65 drams to 23559.6 drams. Silver price вup by 2.01 drams to 283.03 drams. Platinum price вup by 204.23 drams to 14415.96 drams.
Constitutional Court can make no decision over any concrete criminal case – Gor Abrahamyan
20:54, 4 September, 2019
YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 4, ARMENPRESS. Advisor to the Prosecutor General of Armenia Gor Abrahamyan commented on the decision of the Constitutional Court over Robert Kocharyan's case.
''I read the headlines of different news outlets and there is the impression that the Constitutional Court of Armenia has made a decision over a criminal case or has expressed opinion over the defense of his rights.
And this is only when the Constitutional Court has published only the final part of the decision, which means there is no complete decision yet.
The Constitutional Court cannot make a decision over any concrete criminal case. It is authorized to make a decision only regarding the constitutionality of the legal acts and their provisions.
It will be possible to speak about the cosnequences of the decision only after getting aquainted with the complete decison. We should not get ahead of time”, reads Abrahamyan’s statement, reports ARMENPRESS.
Edited and translated by Tigran Sirekanyan
YSU History Museum named after late founding-director Ludwig Gharibjanyan
10:34, 5 September, 2019
YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 5, ARMENPRESS. The Yerevan State University’s (YSU) Academic Council has decided to name the YSU History Museum after Professor Ludwig Gharibjanyan, the late renowned historian who was the founding director of the museum.
The decision was made on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of YSU’s foundation. The university said in a news release that Gharibyanjan “had invaluable contribution in the foundation and development of the museum”.
The recommendation to make the decision was made by YSU History Museum’s Director Heghine Gasparyan earlier in August.
Gharibjanyan died in 2011 at the age of 89. He lectured at the YSU from 1945.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan
September 4, 2019
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's government held a consultation today on the situation with the Amulsar project.
Minister of Nature Protesction Erik Grigoryan summarized the general situation.
There were exchanges of views on the issues related to Amulsar Project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures, legal aspects of the problem, emergence of new environmental factors, etc.
Summing up the discussion, the Prime Minister instructed all interested departments and institutions to work in a coordinated manner to provide comprehensive analysis and complete data for the investigation.e