The Armenian authorities have brought charges against former president Robert Kocharian, accusing him of breaching the constitutional order and breaking Article 300.1 part 1 of the Criminal Code, The charges are related to incidents in 2008 when government forces violently broke up mass protests against election fraud following presidential elections which saw a victory for Serzh Sargsyan. Robert Kocharian was the outgoing president, and the incidents happened under his watch. A number of senior military and security forces officials are also being investigated. Kocharian served as president of Armenia from 1998-2008. A court is this morning deciding whether to accept a request from the Armenian State Security Service to put Kocharian under pre trail detention.
Specialists at the University of Sheffield in the UK estimate that the blast had about one tenth of the explosive power of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War Two and was "unquestionably one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history".