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Emmanuil Mkrtchyan

Vazgen Manukyan: Actions against the judicial system lower the  standards of an educated and free society and throw us back in the  Middle Ages

Vazgen Manukyan: Actions against the judicial system lower the  standards of an educated and free society and throw us back in the  Middle Ages

ArmInfo.Actions against the judicial system lower the standards of an educated and free society and throw us back into the Middle Ages. This opinion was expressed by the first Prime Minister of independent Armenia, now head of the Public Council,  Vazgen Manukyan, who commented on his website the recent statement by  the "Vernatun" public organization led by him regarding the  initiative of the political forces to change the head of the  Constitutional Court of Armenia.

<In general, when I try to evaluate the work of any government, I  assess not only what has been done in the field of economic  development, security, legislative reforms, but also I always  evaluate whether this government has helped people become more free  and  educated society . If we are talking about Western values, then the  independence of the judiciary is one of the greatest values that  should be supported by both the authorities and citizens, "Manukyan  noted.

He stressed that the judicial system, of course, needs to be  reformed, but exclusively within the framework of the law. < If  necessary, review the laws, amend the Constitution. We have a short  history as an independent state, and over the years, many problems in  the judicial system have gradually decreased, since it was impossible  to do this right away. And what is happening today around the  Constitutional Court is completely beyond the scope of the law. And  today, the judicial system must be constantly reformed, but all  changes must be made within the framework of the law, otherwise we  will lose our foundations of the rule of law>, Manukyan said.

To recall, in a statement of  "Vernatun" public organization on  October 4, it was said that illegal attacks on the Constitutional  Court, attacks on the judicial system, the use of double standards in  investigative and judicial practice and selective "justice" lead to  the establishment of monopolization of power. The trial in the case  of "March 01" has passed into the political plane. "We think that  political forces, including the authorities, public organizations and  activists should make every effort to get out of this situation. 

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