YEREVAN. – At the trial of the criminal case against Armenia’s third President Serzh Sargsyan and four others, which started today at the court of first instance of Avan and Nor Nork administrative districts of Yerevan, defendant Sargsyan lawyer Ruben Hakobyan motioned for the recusal of the prosecuting prosecutor, Arsen Martirosyan.
Hakobyan noted that the investigation into this case was conducted with a number of violations and omissions, but the overseeing prosecutor not only did not respond to them, but also allowed himself to violate fair trial, presumption of innocence, and carry out some other violations.
The attorney also emphasized that the Special Investigation Service investigator was convinced as to what the person summoned for face-to-face meeting would testify, the charge against Sargsyan was unlawful, and the defense was not provided with all the material in this case.
The prosecuting prosecutor objected to the motion, stressing that attorney Hakobyan submitted abstract judgments that do not stem from criminal procedural laws.
As reported earlier, the first court hearing on the criminal case against Serzh Sargsyan, former Minister of Agriculture Sergo Karapetyan, owner of Flash company Barsegh Beglaryan, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture Samvel Galstyan, and former head of the Ministry’s Department of Crop Production Gevorg Harutyunyan has kicked off today.