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On statement of Gevorg Kostanyan
2020-02-03

With the reference to the statement released by Gevorg Kostanyan in the media today, we deem it necessary to state that he has the procedural status of an accused in the criminal case of “March 1”, and the relationship between the preliminary investigation body and accused is regulated solely by the norms of the RA Criminal Procedural Code, which says that request of the accused, in this case of G. Kostanyan, or his/her defendant addressed to the body of proceeding shall be provided in the form of petition, which, if filed in accordance with the procedural order, shall be considered by the body of proceedings in accordance with the procedure and within the timeframe established by law. In other words, it is at least surprising that G. Kostanyan, who held the post of RA Prosecutor General, appears with an unrealistic suggestion to hold a public discussion on the criminal case, which we can regard as another pretext for not appearing.

As to G. Kostanyan’s statement, in which he expressed his readiness to support the disclosure of the circumstances of the deaths of 10 persons in the “March 1” case with the information he possessed, we must say that G. Kostanyan  has been already given such an opportunity when being interviewed as a witness on the criminal case. Nevertheless, if he is genuinely honest in his intentions of assisting in the investigation of the criminal case, the Special Investigation Service again urges the latter to appear and report his information to the body of preliminary investigation, within the procedures prescribed by law, rather than through public appearances and statements.

Notification: a person that is suspected or accused of an alleged crime, is considered innocent until his/her guilt is proved by a court judgement that has come into legal effect pursuant to the procedure determined by RA Criminal Procedure Code