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Clarification
2018-09-05

By paying attention to the right of the public to receive objective information, we deem it necessary to refer to the press release called today by the defence counsels of Robert Kocharyan, the accused on criminal case with regard to 2008 March 1 and 2 events. 

Particularly, Aram Orbelyan, of the defence counsels, having referred during the press release to the issue of keeping the passports of Robert Kocharyan in the body of preliminary investigation, has mentioned that the provision of the RA Law “On RA citizen passport”, under which passport of an accused is kept at the body conducting proceeding, in 2017 was recognised to contradict the RA Constitution, according to the application of the RA Human right defender.

Being aware of decision of the RA Constitutional Court dated April 4, 2017 the RA Special Investigation Service deemed it necessary to mention that according to the said decision any norm of the RA Law “On  RA citizen passport”, including the provision “the body of inquiry or body of preliminary investigation temporarily takes passport of the suspect or the accused” has neither been recognised as contradicting to the RA Constitution, nor invalidated, in which terms the incorrect position unreasonably and self-confidently announced by the defence counsel is at least unclear.

Based on the above we can assume that announcing such position by Aram Orbelyan is either due to non awareness of the decision of the RA CC, or aims at misleading the public through distorting the facts and shadow the legal activities of the RA Special Investigation Service, which puts the competency of the defence counsel as a lawyer and advocate into suspicion, so we request retaining  from such work style.