Tuesday, May 21 2019 14:41
Marianna Mkrtchyan

PACE responded to Pashinyan`s appeal to block activities of courts

PACE responded to Pashinyan`s appeal to block activities of courts

ArmInfo. In PACE, responded to the call of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to block the activities of the courts.

"Political stakeholders must refrain from actions and statements that  could be perceived as exerting pressure on the judiciary," said the  co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe  (PACE) for the monitoring of Armenia, Yuliya Lovochkina (Ukraine,  SOC) and Andrej Sircelj (Slovenia, EPP/CD), following the statement  by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan calling on citizens to block the  entrances and exits of courts, on 19 May. This call followed a  judge's decision to release former President Kocharyan from pre-trial  detention.

"Without prejudice to the merits of this decision, we wish to  emphasise that the independence of the judiciary is a pre-requisite  for the rule of law, and that the rule of law is therefore best  served by the absence of any interference from political actors.  There are clear legal procedures, such as appeals to a higher court,  to challenge a court decision that seems questionable. Respecting the  rule of law requires respecting the procedures that exist to protect  all citizens, irrespective of who they are."

"However, we recognise that the reaction of the public to this court  decision underscores the still low level of public trust in the  judiciary. Judicial reforms remain a priority and we welcome Prime  Minister Nikol Pashinyan's stated desire for far-reaching reform of  the judicial system, particularly with regard to the fight against  corruption, as well as his wish to associate the Council of Europe  with it," said the co-rapporteurs.

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