The detention and related charges brought against former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan «are absolutely illegal,» claimed the head of the ex-Armenian leader's office at a press conference in Yerevan on Saturday. “I must immediately state that the case and arrest are absolutely illegal — this is an obvious political and personal persecution,» stated Victor Soghomonyan. Kocharyan was... Еще detained on charges of usurping power in the wake of 2008 elections, following a court order issued on Friday. He reportedly calls the charges brought against him politically motivated and fabricated. Soghomonyan for his part said «I am sorry that this historical issue for Armenia is a hostage to political goals, and I regret that the statements and actions of the current authorities are diametrically different to each other.» Kocharyan was president of Armenia from 1998 to 2008.