Venice Commission ready to provide advisory opinion to Armenian Constitutional Court on Kocharyan

The Venice Commission has expressed readiness to provide an advisory opinion to the Armenian Constitutional Court regarding the case of Robert Kocharyan.

A Yerevan court had forwarded the former president’s case to the Constitutional Court to determine the constitutionality of the charges against Kocharyan. Kocharyan himself had also filed a motion to the Constitutional Court requesting to determine the validity of the charges (overthrowing Consitutional Order) against him.  The Constitutional Court, in turn, suspended proceedings and requested the Venice Commission to provide an advisory opinion.

The Constitutional Court said it has received a written response on August 20th stating that the Venice Commission will express its opinion.

The Constitutional Court had also asked the European Court of Human Rights to provide an advisory opinion.

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