March 4, 2021 - 14:59 AMT
Armenia probing opposition leader charged with inciting violence

Armenian opposition leader Vazgen Manukyan, who has been charged with making public calls for violent overthrow of the constitutional order, was released on recognizance on Thursday, March 4, the press service of the Investigative Committee of Armenia revealed.

Manukyan urged the army to rebel against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his government.

The Committee noted that the politician is also obliged to regularly come in for questioning report to investigators when asked.

His lawyer Aram Vardevanian has said that the court decision would be appealed and described the measure as "primitive political persecution", pointing out the lack of connection between the accusation and the articles of the Criminal Code (CC) of the country.

Manukyan is the leader of the coalition of 17 opposition parties calling itself the Homeland Salvation Movement. They are staging rallies in downtown Yerevan every day, calling for Pashinyan's resignation.

The PM came under fire after signing a statement with the Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents to end the war in Karabakh after almost 45 days. Under the deal, the Armenian side was forced to return all the seven regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.