Presidential Elections 2008 In Armenia March 1
Posted 09 June 2008 - 10:49 PM
Many people were shocked after seeing Arthur Avagian's photo on our website. The photo was taken in a hospital on the night March 1.
Arthur fell a victim to the authorities’ “brilliant operation” on March 1. He still remembers a shining object flying fast in front of him. Then his head shook as if dashing out. He remembers holding his head with his two hands and shouting with all his might hoping to stop the shakes. Then r felt something filling his mouth. He spat out blood and his own teeth. He Arthur doesn’t remember the rest.
Employees of “Armenia” medical center found Arthur near a sports complex. Arthur was immediately taken to hospital where he underwent a major operation of seven hours’ duration.
Doctors worked wonders and saved Arthur’s life. The epicrisis was awful: “bullet wounds on the face and neck, traumatic shock, sub maxillary laceration, rupture of an upper lip and mouth, blemish of tissues, rupture of mucous membrane, fracture of a lower jaw.
In the evening of March 1 Arthur Avagian had gone out to fetch his friends when he was caught “in the meat-grinder” at the intersection of Lusavorich-Zakian streets.
Today Arthur needs a plastic operation to cure severe wounds. Besides, he faces serious problems with eating and speaking.
Arthur needs a serious medical treatment to overcome the psychological stress and restore his health.
Before the disputed events of March 1 Arthur went in for wrestling and had a favorite occupation. Today he is deprived of everything and ill-disposed to his future.
Arthur Avagian, born in 1986, is a goldsmith. He has never taken interest or been engaged in politics. Today he can neither do sports nor work because of a poor health state. Arthur needs a serious treatment. He has to shoulder the burden and keep himself going all alone.
The authorities haven't even made inquiries about Arthur who became invalid as a result of their “fruitful operation.”
March 1 events will continue until we neglect people like Arthur, until the real criminals opening fire at innocent people are left unpunished.
A1+ turns to all specialists in Armenia and overseas who might be helpful to cure Arthur completely and restore him to life. The treatment also suggests financial support.
Help Arthur to rid of the scars reminding him of the March 1 bloody events.
Help our society to recover from the March 1 tragedy.
A1Plus am is going to open an account. All those who wish to help the poor boy are welcome to have a share.
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:29 PM
[03:07 pm] 13 June, 2008
On June 13 the Court of General Jurisdiction of Shirak Marz found Ashot Zakarian, Petros Makeyan and Shota Saghatelian guilty under Article 2 of the RoA Criminal Court / “Interference in the fulfillment of the right to vote, in the activities of election commissions or in the duties of the persons participating in the election/.
The court sentenced Makeyan to 3 years’ and the other two to 2.6 years’ imprisonment.
The court decided to put Shota Saghatelian on probation for two years, and set him free from the courtroom in accordance with Article 70 of the Criminal Code.
Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:40 PM
[04:26 pm] 13 June, 2008
Georges Colombier (France) and John Prescott (United Kingdom), the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the monitoring of Armenia’s obligations and commitments, will arrive in Armenia on June 16.
On June 16 the co-rapporteurs will meet with the special representative of the CoE Secretary General Bojana Urumova.
At the National Assembly the co-rapporteurs will meet with NA Speaker Tigran Torossian, the head of the Armenian delegation to the PACE Davit Harutiunian and the leader of the Zharangutiun faction Raffi Hovannissian.
On the same day they will meet with Armenia’s Serzh Sarkissian, FM Edward Nalbandian, Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepian, Huamn Rights Ombudsman Armen Harutiunian, the members of the working group which coordinates the implementation of PACE Resolution 1609, Levon Ter-Petrossian and the attorneys of the arrested opposition activists.
On June 17 George Colombier will meet with the representatives of the non-parliamentary forces, NGOs, the wives, mothers, sisters of those arrested for the events of March 1 and 2.
At the National Assembly they will have meetings with the representatives of the political coalition and the National Assembly working group for the Election Code amendments.
On the same day the co-rapporteur will meet with the secretary of the National Security Council Arthur Baghdasarian.
A joint meeting with the coordinator of the OSCE/ODIHR monitoring group tracing people arrested after the presidential elections Dmitry Narumov, the Department of Public Relations of the National Assembly reports.
Posted 20 June 2008 - 12:38 PM
[06:27 pm] 20 June, 2008
Why was there state of emergency declared in Armenia on March 1? “According to the official version it was inevitable as a result of violations and armed attack on the law-enforcement bodies, whereas the latter did not use their weapons”, declare members of the Armenian-French association of lawyers and continue: “Various data make you cast doubt on the authenticity of the facts.”
-The films show that the law-enforcements bodies used weapons and shot luminous bullets the use of which is still strictly regulated.
-Several victims were killed or injured on Leo Street, a hundred meters from the demonstration site, behind the police circle. Taking into consideration the location of the street you can hardly believe that a dozen people could have risen such a revolt that the authorities had to exert such a pressure on them.
-The bullet lodged some of the victims in the back; therefore one cannot believe that they were shot by snipers.
-Some of the victims were not pro-oppositionists and never took part in the rallies.
-Shop burglaries were committed on Mashtots Avenue, which is rather far from the demonstration site. Besides it all happened under astonishing tolerance on the side of the police.
The Armenian-French association of lawyers gave a report on February and March events in Yerevan. It also carried out an investigatory and observing mission on May 7-12.
Posted 06 July 2008 - 02:05 AM
[02:12 pm] 03 July, 2008
“Groundless accusations and false criminal actions,” Advocate Amalia Avagian qualified the criminal cases initiated on the March 1-2 occurrences this way. “My assessment is based on the false testimony given by policemen-witnesses. The policemen had no right to be called to an examination, as they had detained the defendants and drawn up protocols. In other words, they had launched their personal inquiry into the case.”
Amalia Avagian presented the interests of Khachik Gasparian and Avetik Nersissian detained in connection with the March 1 unrest. Khachik Gasparian was put on probation while Avetik Nersissian was justified and released. Now she defends Armen Avagian’s interest in the RoA Appellate Court.
“I see the same handwriting and the same scenario. Even the eye-witnesses, policemen, are the same. I find the charges deliberate. Only the names are changed, nothing else,” she says.
Asked why the cases are investigated separately if they have similarities, Amalia Avagian said, “It is done on purpose. If they united the cases they would have to justify all the detainees.”
Amalia Avagian points out the peculiarity of the cases trusted to her. “No witness for the defendant has been examined. The charged are based on the testimony given by three policemen. I cannot foresee the further steps taken by the court. Under PACE Resolution 1620 all detainees taken into custody on basis of policemen’s testimony should be freed and the cases should be dismissed. I think that the court should follow the recommendation,” she adds.
Posted 06 July 2008 - 02:25 AM
I may have referred to this before but I can’t find where.
Some time ago there were persistent rumors that LTP had applied to emigrate to Israel based on the fact his wife being of jewish ancestry would automatically qualify. This would have been before 1988, but then the Artsakh saga began and Armenia became independent and he became the president. I also expressed the opinion that in the aftermath of March 1 incidents I would not be surprised if LTP would consider leaving Armenia.
And now we read the following.
How reliable is Hayots Ashkharh?
TER-PETROSYAN'S FAMILIY LEAVES ARMENIA
Hayots Ashkhar Daily
Published on July 04, 2008
"Hayots Ashkarh" has already informed the reader that L.
Ter-Petrosyan will leave Armenia in case his political programs
And our prediction is coming true.
According to reliable information, yesterday, on June 3,
Mrs. Lyudmila Ter-Petrosyan, the wife of the leader of the native
liberation movement, Lilit Ter-Petrosyan, his daughter-in-law,
and his three grandchildren left for the United States by
the Yerevan-Paris-Los-Angeles flight. By the way, they all had
one-way tickets, together with a big luggage. One may assume that
Mr. Ter-Petrosyan's family has left for the United States either for
a long time or forever. And what's more, this was unknown even to
the closest co-thinkers of the leader.
So, the second stage of the evacuation of Ter-Petrosyan's family is
over. Let's note that as a result of the first stage, his son David
Ter-Petrosyan left Armenia in December 2007 and has been living abroad
ever since. First, he left for the United States and then went to the
United Arab Emirates and Russia where he was going to settle the bank
accounts of his family and transfer the major part of the existing
sums to the bank accounts opened in the United States.
Besides, David Ter-Petrosyan has started implementing serious business
programs in Los Angeles. He has already managed to buy a private
house and has no intention to return to Armenia.
Edited by Arpa, 06 July 2008 - 02:33 AM.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 01:50 AM
Posted 08 July 2008 - 01:51 AM
[07:13 pm] 04 July, 2008
Minutes ago Hamlet Abrahamian, a rally participant, was recognized “Not Guilty” by the Kentron and Nork-Marash General Jurisdiction Court and was released from the detention cell.
Hamlet Abrahamian was accused under Article 316 /using violence against the authorities/ and had been detained since March 1. As the witnesses (policemen from Mashtots Police Department) claimed they were not beaten by Hamlet Abrahamian but they had seen him beating other people.
After the verdict was announced the relatives and friends of Hamlet Abrahamian took him out of the court-room on their hands.
Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:42 PM
Aslan Avetissian, resident of Ararat region, member of the Yerkrapah Volunteer Union (YKM) and Levon Ter-Petrossian’s proxy, was sentenced to a six months’ imprisonment on July 16. The verdict was brought in by Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash districts after a four hours’ consultation.
Aslan Avetissian was charged with calls for mass disorders and threats against policemen /Article 225 of the RoA CC/.
Note, Prosecutor Hovsep Sarkissian had requested to sentence Avetissian to a 1, 6-year imprisonment. Avetissian didn’t plead guilty of the crime.
Advocate Liparit Simonian finds the verdict unfair. He is going to appeal the verdict in a higher instance. Simonian says courts are not independent in Armenian.
Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:38 AM
By Ruzanna Stepanian
Law-enforcement authorities have identified security officers, who shot and killed opposition protesters during the post-election clashes in Yerevan, and are now determining whether the use of lethal force was justified, a senior investigator said on Tuesday.
At least eight civilians and two interior troops were killed as security forces tried to disperse thousands of supporters of opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian who barricaded themselves at a vast street intersection outside the Yerevan mayor’s office on March 1. The clashes, the worst in Armenia’s history, followed the break-up earlier in the day of Ter-Petrosian’s non-stop demonstrations in the city’s Liberty Square against official results of the February 19 disputed presidential election.
According to the Special Investigative Service (SIS), a law-enforcement agency subordinated to Armenia’s Office of the Prosecutor-General, three of the civilian victims were killed by tear gas grenades fired by riot police from a very shory distance. Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian claimed earlier this month that the investigators still do not know which police officers mishandled the riot equipment.
Neither Hovsepian nor any other law-enforcement official has so far publicly commented on the circumstances in which the five other civilians died. In an interview with RFE/RL, Vahagn Harutiunian, a senior SIS official leading the controversial official inquiry into the unrest, said the investigators have finally identified and questioned officers who shot them.
“All of them are known,” he said. “All of them have been interrogated. The investigation is continuing.”
Citing “the interests of the investigation,” Harutiunian refused to reveal the identity of the shooters or specify which security agency they work for.
“Use of firearms [by a law-enforcement officer] is not necessarily a crime,” said Harutiunian. “If firearms are used for preventing crimes or other legitimate purposes, that is naturally not punishable by criminal law.
“But that doesn’t mean we rule out the possibility of an unjustified use of firearms. The matter is being investigated.”
The Armenian government has justified the use of lethal force against the opposition protesters, saying that it thereby prevented a coup d’etat allegedly plotted by Ter-Petrosian and his associates. It has claimed that some of the protesters carried weapons, pointing to the deaths of two interior troop servicemen in the unprecedented street battles. However, none of more than 100 opposition members and supporters arrested following the clashes was charged in connection with those deaths.
The Ter-Petrosian-led opposition dismisses the coup allegations, insisting that the authorities brutally suppressed the massive post-election demonstrations in Yerevan. It considers former President Robert Kocharian the main mastermind of the “slaughter.”
The official version of events has also been questioned by Armenia’s human rights ombudsman and international human rights bodies such as the Council of Europe. They have repeatedly urged the government to allow an independent inquiry involving foreign experts.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:14 AM
By David Petrosyan
February 25, 2013
The regular elections in Armenia took place on February 18 where the
incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan won a landslide victory, as it was
expected. (58.64% of the vote)
The Parliamentary opposition, in the face of the Armenian National
Congress (ANC), made a special statement after the elections. Recall
that the ANC did not put forward a candidate in this election, but
they did not boycott the elections because they did not withdraw their
representatives from the election commission. According to the
statement made on the basis of the information received from members
of the commissions on different levels, the major violations were the
- The stamp in the passports was easily erased, thus providing the
possibility of multiple voting of the same person,
- The authorities used the data of the voters that were missing
from the country, but were registered in the lists (for about 700,000
voters) for the fraud,
- A bribery of votes was organized at the national level for the
candidate at power, which is Serzh Sargsyan,
- There were cases of violence, intimidation and bribery of
members in the commissions, journalists and observers, requiring
compliance with the law,
- Obvious stuffing the ballot boxes has been noticed,
- During the vote count there were fraud outcomes in some
committees. Naturally, the final results of the elections were
As expected, the numerous international observers "did not notice" all
of the aforementioned violations and problems, and, as always,
preferred to speak about the "progress" and "step forward" in
comparison not only with the previous presidential elections, but also
with the parliamentary elections of last year. It is also evident that
the international structures are satisfied with this state of affairs
because of political and geopolitical reasons, and they do not want to
support systemic changes proposed by the parliamentary minority. These
measures are aimed at guarding against the double voting, and the
presence of 700 thousand voters in the electoral rolls that are
constantly absent from the country.
Despite our criticism of the work of the international observers, note
that the head of the observation mission OSCE/ODIHR Heidi Tagliavini
said that in terms of political competition this election was "a step
back" in comparison with the previous ones. In addition, Ms. Heidi
Tagliavini also noted the facts of bribery of voters and the presence
of non-sealed ballot boxes. This means that there is a possibility
that the final report of the observer mission will be stricter with
the reality of the electoral process in Armenia.
In view of the above, note that for the first time in the history of
the Armenian national elections one of the presidential candidates
(Andreas Ghukasyan) publicly asked for the rejection of the invitation
of observation missions of international organizations. This topic was
also voiced by the representatives of non-governmental youth
organizations of OSCE / ODIHR mission Heidi Tagliavini in a press
conference on February 19. The situation during the press conference
was so severe that the press conference was interrupted.
The question of the harsh criticism of international election
observers was raised by NGO "Center for Democracy - Bekum /Fracture."
The representative of "Bekum" Lena Nazaryan expressed her outrage that
the international observers do not get a full picture of irregularities
staying at the polls only for a few minutes, but always give a
positive assessment of the elections in Armenia. Meanwhile, the local
observers record multiple violations.
Also note that to our knowledge, this organization is not connected
with any public political power in Armenia.
It is also interesting that Andreas Ghukasyan - the candidate starving
throughout the electoral process with the slogan `Stop Fake Elections'
and demanding the removal of candidacy from S. Sargsyan, welcomed the
victory of Serzh Sargsyan and considered it absolutely honest five
years ago. He and his wife said it in an interview with "Voice of
Armenia" on February 21, 2008. Thus, according to the logic of Andreas
Ghukasyan the elections were fair and democratic five years ago while
the present elections are not.
This speaks about the fact that there are people in Armenia willing to
make publicity and, thus, get into politics not through the door but
through the window. We assume that there may be non-public political
forces behind A. Ghukasyan that will take steps to destabilize the
situation and form pseudo opposition.
The voters of Raffi Hovhannisian who came in second with 36.74% votes
have a very simple explanation: he received that part of the protest
votes who voted for the party of "Prosperous Armenia" Party, the ANC
and Dashnaktsutyun in the parliamentary elections.
As we know, none of these three political parties put forward a
candidate for the presidency and, at the same time, they did not
support any of the candidates, even at the level of statements.
After the announcement of the preliminary results of the elections,
the former Armenian Foreign Minister and his colleagues have made a
number of harsh public statements about a number of issues related to
the election campaign, the course of voting and the outcomes.
The statement made by Armen Martirosyan, the former Member of
Parliament from the "Heritage" fraction (2007-2012), about
R. Hovannisian being ready to lead the government is not quite a true
assessment of the results of the voting. He ascribes the received
votes on his personality and does not make allowance for the fact that
this was a protest vote. The statement about the fact that
R. Hovannisian is ready to take the post of head of the Government,
may be an indirect evidence that he and Serzh Sargsyan could have
indirect backstage negotiations.
However, the stated requirements by the ally of the former Foreign
Minister are too high (the parliamentary fraction "Heritage" is
composed of four members) and before starting any negotiations
R. Hovannisian has to congratulate Serzh Sargsyan, and admit his
defeat. However, this did not happen. Moreover, R. Hovannisian speaks
of his landslide victory. Despite the radical declarations about the
results of the election, we can not exclude that R. Hovannisian and
his party "Heritage" could enter the ruling coalition and receive
We emphasize the fact that the process goes against the fact that all
the main external "power centers", in contrast to previous years,
expressed satisfaction with the elections, and thus recognized the
legitimacy of S. Sargsyan.
R. Hovannisian will try to organize a series of large-scale public
protests. However, we think that he will not raise serious protest
wave, for these three reasons:
- The former Foreign Minister of Armenia has never been a serious
political fighter and has always been more inclined to compromise and
loyalty. He is also contradictory and inconsistent in key areas. In
support of this, we recall that five years ago, after a terrible
slaughter on March 1, 2008, in result of which 10 citizens of Armenia
were killed, R. Hovannisian accepted the invitation and participated
in the inauguration ceremony of S. Sargsyan,
- To raise and hold waves of protests, at least for 2-3 weeks, is
not an easy task and neither R. Hovannisian nor his associates have
this political experience
- He has no serious political allies.
As we see it, R. Hovannisian will try to establish himself as the main
opponent of President Serzh Sargsyan. But given the fact that
candidates from the PAP, the ANC and Dashnaktsutyun were not involved
in these elections, he must prove his right to lead the opposition in
the competition with these forces. The elections of May 5 of the
Council of Elders will provide such opportunity to R. Hovhannisyan,
though there is not much information available about the future
"The Noyan Tapan Highlights" N5, February 2013
David Petrosyan is a political analyst in Yerevan, Armenia, and writes
a regular weekly column in Noyan Tapan. He is also a freelancer who
collaborates with Groong, and other publications.
Posted 15 October 2017 - 10:46 AM
Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:36 AM
Second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan will visit the Special Investigative Service for questioning not earlier than July 25, head of Kocharyan’s office Viktor Soghomonyan told reporters.
Robert Kocharyan has been summoned for questioning as a witness by authorities earlier in July over the March 1, 2008 case.
Soghomonyan said that Kocharyan is abroad and he will return not earlier than July 25.
He said Robert Kocharyan is ready to answer the investigator’s questions after returning to Yerevan. “At the same time, if necessary conditions appear before July 25, President Kocharyan is ready to answer written questions through writing or other means of communication,” he said.
Mass protests erupted in Yerevan after the presidential election in 2008, when Robert Kocharyan was re-elected to a second term. Subsequent clashes between protesters and security forces claimed several lives on both sides.
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Posted 27 July 2018 - 09:31 AM
Armenia’s ex-President Robert Kocharyan has been charged with overthrowing constitutional order.
Kocharyan has been charged under Part 1 of Article 300 of the RA Criminal Code for overthowing the constitutional order of the Republic of Armenia in prior agreement with other persons, reports the Special Investigative Service.
The decision has been made on the basis of sufficient evidence obtained during the investigation into the events of March 1-2, 2008, which saw ten killed in an unrest that followed the presidential elections.
A motion on Robert Kocharyan’s detention has been filed with the First Instance Court of General Jurisdiction.
Speaking to Yerkir Media TV, Kocharyan denied the charges, calling them “entirely fictitious, fabricated, and politically motivated.”
“This is an apparent political persecution, a vendetta under the cover of the velvet revolution, under the motto of love and solidarity,” Kocharyan said.
Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:57 AM
- 17:55 | August 10,2018 | Politics
President of the Yerkir Tsirani (Country of Apricot) Party Zaruhi Postanjyan is in the Criminal Court of Appeals.
According to her, the amount of accusation against second president Robert Kocharyan should be increased, as he had damaged our country a lot.
According to Zaruhi Postanjyan, Serzh Sargsyan should also be held accountable.
Also, she believes that Levon Ter-Petrosyan should also be questioned.
“At the moment, as a witness, why did not he leave the house on March 1, even though we were asking? Everyone should be called [for questioing] to find out what had happened.”
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