U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern has issued a statement concerning the prosecution of Armenia's foreign minister, MP from Prosperous Armenia Party Vartan Oskanian.
"I have been asked for the U.S. views on yesterday's announcement that Mr. Oskanian has been formally charged. This development, in my view, is bad for justice and democracy in Armenia.
As I have said previously, the case appears to represent the selective application of Armenian law.
Moreover, the timing of these events in relation to the election schedule is troubling.
We urge the Government of Armenia to live up to its commitments to the systematic, fair and transparent implementation of the rule of law," said Mr Heffern