• September 11, 2018

Special Investigative Service accepts that Armenians suffered from Robert Kocharyan’s actions, but does not recognize citizens as victims

Special Investigative Service accepts that Armenians suffered from Robert Kocharyan’s actions, but does not recognize citizens as victims

The “Veles” non-governmental organization received a letter from the Special Investigative Committee of Armenia (SIS), which rejected an appeal from the chairwoman of the organization, Marina Poghosyan, that she was a victim of the events of March 1st.

The “Veles” NGO supported a few citizens who appealed to the head of the SIS, asking that they be recognized as having suffered from the events of March 1st. Robert Kocharyan and several others overthrew the country’s constitutional order (according to the appeal) and they limited the right of Armenian citizens to gather in peaceful protests, causing moral damage.

Leading investigator from the SIS Investigation Department of Crimes of General Character, Hrachya Musheghyan, accepted in the decision that the citizens, in their appeal, “correctly stated that the ones who uphold and keep the system of the Armenian constitution are the citizens of Armenia, therefore, regardless of how the system was violated and whether the citizens’ rights were violated or limited due to that, every citizen truly was a victim of that crime, suffering moral damage.”

The leading investigator also noted that the body to carry out proceedings does not have the ability to recognize the entire people as victims, since that is “unreasonable, impossible, and does not come from the demands of the law.”

Chairwoman of the “Veles” NGO Marina Poghosyan’s lawyer, David Gyurjyan, is preparing a judicial complaint against the decision made by the SIS.

Below is the video prepared by the Public Television Channel with more details about the SIS decision.

https://www.facebook.com/275684379257051/videos/2418839781692338/?t=1