ArmInfo.As of today a legitimate executive and legislative power has been formed in Armenia, but the events of the last year showed that in Armenia there has never been judicial authority enjoying the confidence of the people. This was stated on May 20 by the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan during a government meeting with representatives of the three branches of government.
According to the Prime Minister, the outcome of the activities of the courts of Armeniais that the system does not enjoy trust of the people at the moment, moreover every decision made by them is perceived by citizens quite ambiguously. Refraining from assessing the validity and legality of decisions taken by the judicial authority, since "it is not within his authority," Nikol Pashinyan noted that as a representative of the people of Armenia, the supreme sovereign of power in the country, he would do everything possible to establish a legitimate judicial system.
The head of government is convinced that the people of Armenia through free expression of their will to form a legitimate legislative power, and according to the results of democratic, free parliamentary elections, to form a legitimate executive body.
Meanwhile, to this day, the Armenian people continue to perceive the judiciary as a relic of the old, corrupt system. This, according to Pashinyan, also indicates the lack of authority to make legal and legitimate decisions by the judicial authority, which in turn means a threat to the natural and stable functioning of the state and ensuring national security of the RA.
Nikol Ppashinyan said that since taking office of prime minister he made an unbreakable commitment to not to interfere in the activities of the judicial system, which he "inviolately followed." "But, on the other hand, unfortunately, I can not guarantee that the judiciary has stayed away from the shadow and illegal manipulations of the old corruption system, since their connections are still intertwined in various ways," the premier said.
The head of government wondered how much we can be confident that the courts are able to carry out an objective investigation of the March 1 case, given that dozens of illegal actions in Armenia were brought to life precisely thanks to the connivance of the judicial system. This, as the Prime Minister pointed out, also has a negative effect on the result of the fight against corruption proclaimed by the new government.
According to Nikol Pashinyan, he hoped that many judges realizing that their value system does not coincide with the one proclaimed by the new government of Armenia, will decide to voluntarily resign. "Nothing has happened," the Prime Minister said, adding that the authorities do not intend to tolerate such things any longer.
Maintaining such a situation in the judicial system, according to Pashinyan, already carries a threat not only to Armenia's national security situation, but also to economic development. As the head of government pointed out, a judicial authority that is not trusted by citizens is a direct threat to the formation of a proper investment environment.
"The time has come for surgical intervention in the judicial system", the prime minister said. This, as he explained, will be done in the following way: all judges in the republic will have to pass a vetting inspection. That is, as the head of the government pointed out, to ensure full publicity of their connections, sources of income and property, to tell all the details of their background. Further, all the judges, whose decisions the ECHR recognized as a gross violation of human rights, will have to resign. Those judges, who realize that they are not capable of making fair and lawful decisions, will also leave. In addition, the government intends to speed up the transition to a transitional justice system. "It is necessary to sum up the work done in this direction within 1-2 months," he said.
At the same time, as Pashinyan stressed, the power, in order to ensure the usefulness of work in this direction, is ready to take any legal measures, including the initiation of constitutional amendments, the holding of a national referendum. According to the head of the government, the works will be carried out in accordance with the best international experience, within the framework of international commitments of Armenia and in cooperation with authoritative international structures in this field, as well as with the civil society of the republic and the expert community.
This agenda, as pointed out by Pashinyan, has long been discussed with representatives of the UN, OSCE, IMF, CE, EU, WB. In this context, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that Armenia's international partners would support the implementation of reforms. "Our goal is to abandon puppet courts and ensure the functioning of the judicial system based on the rule of law in accordance with international best practices," he said.
In addition, according to Nikol Pashinyan, there are forces in Armenia that continue to adhere to the old traditions - they sow enmity between the peoples of Artsakh and Armenia within the framework of the logic of divide and rule and with the aim of concealing their past corruption crimes. "It is obvious to everyone that our compatriots in Artsakh may have suffered more from systemic corruption in Armenia, but at the same time it is clear that some officials of this system, using their corrupt connections, are making efforts to spread false information about the Prime Minister of Armenia in Artsakh, "he noted.
Analyzing the above, the Prime Minister of Armenia considers that behind all this stands the desire to initiate conspiracy around the war, by surrendering a number of territories with further imposition of responsibility on the government of Armenia. Nikol Pashinyan called such activity treason.
As the security guarantor of Artsakh, the Supreme Commander in the military time, Nikol Pashinyan is ready to take tough measures to suppress such inclinations in the bud. In this context, the head of the RA government believes that the time has come for setting up a special commission in parliament to study the circumstances of the April 2016 war.
"Changes in Armenia are irreversible," Nikol Pashinyan said. The author of these changes, as he pointed out, is not a separate political force, but the entire Armenian people - a proud citizen of Armenia. "All those who live by senseless pitch to throw Armenia into the past, act against the people of Armenia, Artsakh and all Armenians. The revolution of love and solidarity triumphed over corruption and the latter must capitulate," he said.
According to the head of government, there is no place for such a judicial system in Armenia whose interests do not stem from the interests and will of the people. Pashinyan reminded that Article 2 of the Armenian Constitution clearly states that the supreme power in the country belongs to the people, who exercise it through free elections and a referendum. "Consequently, there is no place for such an authority in the country, including a judicial one, which does not represent the interests of the people," the prime minister said. To ensure the rights of the people, as the supreme sovereign power in the country, according to Pashinyan, he will resort to various measures, up to the appeal to the direct support of the people. "The goal of these measures is to ensure that there is no such judicial system in Armenia that does not enjoy the confidence of the people," Nikol Pashinyan concluded.