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Kocharyan will remain in prison

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The Prosecutor General's Office of Armenia rejected the written petition submitted by 45 deputies of the parliament on changing the measure of restraint for the arrested former President Robert Kocharyan, TASS reports referring to Arevik Khachatryan, press-secretary of the department.

'In the course of the preliminary investigation, the General Prosecutor's Office considers the change in the preventive measure of Kocharyan as inexpedient,' Khachatryan said.

45 members of the Armenian parliament - 41 from the former ruling Republican Party, three from the Dashnaktsutyun and one from the Tsarukyan bloc - sent a written petition to the country's Prosecutor General's Office requesting the release of former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan who was arrested on charges of overthrowing the constitutional system. RPA called the decision to arrest the former president 'political persecution.'

Recall, on July 26, the Special Investigative Service charged Kocharyan with overthrowing the constitutional order in the criminal case on dispersal of protest actions on March 1, 2008. A day later he was arrested for two months.

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