Shortly after President of Artsakh Bako Sahakyan and former President Arkady Ghukasyan released a joint letter to the Prosecutor General of Armenia petitioning for the release of ex-President Robert Kocharyan, the Prosecutor General’s office released a response, noting that the letter is misaddressed.
Kocharyan petition is misaddressed, General Prosecution tells Artsakh’s President
STEPANAKERT, MAY 7, ARTSAKHPRESS-ARMENPRESS: The Prosecutor General’s Office said bail can be changed only by the body that is carrying out the criminal proceedings, that is the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction. “Therefore discussing the Presidents’ petition addressed to the Prosecutor General at this phase is not in the General Prosecution’s jurisdiction”.
Earlier today, President of Artsakh Bako Sahakyan and former President of the country Arkady Ghukasyan petitioned to Armenia’s Prosecutor General Arthur Davtyan to release ex-President Robert Kocharyan ahead of May 9 – a day that is celebrated as Victory Day, the Artsakh Defense Army Day and Shushi Liberation Day.
“Traditionally, guests at celebrations in Stepanakert and Shushi include, among other honorable guests, all former leaders of Artsakh Republic, people who have had huge contribution in the Artsakh War, have stood at the origins of the creation of our state and army, have participated in liberating Shushi, have shaped our victory,” Sahakyan and Ghukasyan said in a joint letter published on the official website of the Artsakh presidency.
“Taking into account that First President of Artsakh Robert Kocharyan is detained, we are asking you to make a decision ahead of May 9 and change the bail”. They said they are ready to provide any public guarantee that will be necessary for Kocharyan’s release.
They said if all leaders of Artsakh will be present at the celebrations it would be a signal of solidarity and unity “not only for our society, but the entire world and also the adversary”.
Kocharyan was President of Artsakh from 1994 to 1997.