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.
In a wide-ranging speech on countering disinformation amid covid-19, Vera Jourova who is the European Commissioner responsible for Values and Transparency, emphasised this must not be done at the expense of freedom of speech and media.