YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — An Armenian court has halted proceedings in the trial of former President Robert Kocharian in connection with a deadly police crackdown and transferred the case to the constitutional court.
Elen Arakelian, a lawyer for Kocharian, said she didn’t immediately have details of the Monday decision by the lower court.
Kocharian is charged with overturning constitutional order for ordering a police operation against a protest demonstration in 2008. Eight demonstrators and two police died in the clash.
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Kocharian had been jailed since December, but was released by the lower court on Saturday.
That move prompted Prime Minister Nikola Pashinian, a Kocharian foe, to call for protesters to block court buildings on Monday. Blockages occurred across the country before Pashinian called in the afternoon for them to end.
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