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Court Again Denies Bail For Armenian Former President Kocharian

Former Armenian President Robert Kocharian at a court hearing in Yerevan in September.

YEREVAN -- А court in Yerevan has denied bail to former President Robert Kocharian, who faces charges of overthrowing the constitutional order.

Judge Anna Danibekyan handed down the ruling on November 7 and said the next hearing in the trial will be held on November 12.

The charges against Kocharian and three other former senior officials relate to a March 2008 decision to call in troops following clashes that left at least 10 people, including law enforcement officers, dead in the worst civil violence in that country's post-Soviet history.

Since being arrested in July 2018, Kocharian has twice been released from pretrial detention by court decisions, but in both cases he was rearrested after prosecutors’ appeals.