The judge was Alexander Azaryan (Ալեքսանդր Ազարյան), a Kocharyan appointee with a record of anti-Pashinyan rhetoric and releasing Kocharyan from jail in the past. He also has a record of jailing many March 1st, 2008 protesters.
Azaryan's prior affiliations were one of the reasons why the prosecutors asked him to recuse himself from this March 1st bribery case.
Yesterday Azaryan refused to recuse himself. The prosecutors accused him of being biased and deciding not to recuse himself "in a matter seconds without properly addressing prosecutors' concerns".