2 Nov 2018 15:43

No grounds to review ex-CSTO sec gen Khachaturov's bail conditions - lawyer

YEREVAN. Nov 2 (Interfax) - There are no grounds to change the pretrial restrictive measure imposed on former Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) secretary general Yury Khachaturov, his lawyer Mihran Poghosyan told Interfax on Friday.

"The court released Yury Khachaturov on bail. There are no grounds for amending the restrictive measure," Poghosyan said.

In July, a first-instance court in Yerevan ruled to arrest Khachaturov on charges of overthrowing the country's constitutional order in 2008 with bail of 5 million drams (about $11,000).

The Armenian Special Investigation Service has indicted Khachaturov in connection with the events of March 1, 2008, when security forces dispersed thousands of protesters following a presidential election won by Serzh Sargsyan. Ten people were killed and over 250 injured. Khachaturov was serving as the head of the Yerevan garrison of the Armenian Armed Forces at the time.

Earlier today, Khachaturov was relieved of his duties as secretary general by the CSTO Collective Security Council, according to the CSTO Secretariat.