Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   23 March

Kocharyan’s son claims to be under investigation, charged


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 18, ARMENPRESS. Ex-President Robert Kocharyan’s son Sedrak Kocharyan says he has been charged by the National Security Service with money laundering and tax evasion.

Sedrak Kocharyan, 38, said in an interview to 2rd.am, a website affiliated with his father, that he has been confined to the country limits with a signature bond. In the interview he denied the accusations, calling them "fake". 

Sedrak is the eldest of Robert Kocharyan’s three children, the other two being Levon and Gayane.  

Sedrak’s younger brother Levon is married to pop diva Sirusho.

Authorities weren’t immediately available for comment.

2nd President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, who ruled the country from 1998 to 2008, spent two weeks in jail in summer of 2018, but was eventually freed. But on December 7, a higher court overruled the release and ordered him to be remanded into custody pending trial again.

At the time the court announced the verdict, Kocharyan turned himself in to authorities.

Kocharyan is charged for ‘overthrowing constitutional order’ during the 2008 post-election unrest, when clashes between security forces and protesters left 10 people dead, including two police officers, during his final days as president.

He vehemently denies wrongdoing.

On February 12, authorities announced they’ve filed new charges against Kocharyan concerning bribery.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

 




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