On Saturday, Sahakyan said that the former NSS chief was detained on suspicion of plotting the assassination of the prime minister and a coup in the country, calling it "a shameful political persecution aimed at maintaining power." Vanetsyan has been participating in opposition protests demanding the prime minister's resignation after Pashinyan signed a joint declaration to put an end to the conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
"The charge is illegal, its content is not clear. Naturally, Vanetsyan pleaded not guilty. We demanded a confrontation with all persons who could presumably testify against him. There have been no confrontations yet, and we have not received any evidence," the lawyer said.