Saturday, October 19 2019 11:19
Alexandr Avanesov

Armenia`s NSS presented substantiation of its actions in relation to  family members of the chairman of the Constitutional Court 

Armenia`s NSS presented substantiation of its actions in relation to  family members of the chairman of the Constitutional Court 

ArmInfo. The National Security Service (NSS) of Armenia presented the rationale for its actions against members of the family of the chairman of the  Constitutional Court of Armenia. The department's message, in  particular, notes that the grounds for inviting Vardan Tovmasyan, the  father of the chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of  Armenia, Hrayr Tovmasyan, to the NSS could be abuses committed in  2012-2014 during construction works in the building on the balance  sheet of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia (855 mln  drams), as well as during repairs in the "Abovyan" penal institution  and a school in the Sari-Tagh community of Yerevan (15 mln drams).   According to the National Security Service, during these works,  appropriation and embezzlement might have occurred, in connection  with which Vardan Tovmasyan was asked to give explanations.

In the framework of the materials prepared by the NSS, a number of  examinations were appointed. The NSS turned to Vardan Tovmasyan to  conduct a study of the roof of his mansion, but a refusal was  received. Moreover, meeting V. Tovmasyan's request, he was asked to  give clarifications in his house, and the NSS officer went there,  however V. Tovmasyan preferred to give explanations in the  administrative building of the NSS in the presence of his lawyers.   According to the report, on the basis of the prepared materials,  measures are being taken to concretize the damage caused to the  state, as well as to identify officials who accepted the work that  was not actually performed. At the same time, the NSS notes that the  clarifications from the family of Hrayr Tovmasyan are needed in the  framework of conducting checks of the information received on  undeclared property in the established order belonging to the  official or his relatives. "The mentioned procedural actions were  performed in the presence of lawyers of the indicated persons in  compliance with guarantees of his rights," the NSS said.

To note, on October 17, the Special Investigation Service opened a  criminal case on the seizure of state power by a group of persons on  the basis of a statement by the independent MP of the National  Assembly of Armenia Arman Babajanyan. The case was brought under  Article 300 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia (seizing  power through the use of violence or the threat of violence, as well  as the appropriation of the powers of the president, chairman of the  National Assembly, government or the Constitutional Court by methods  not provided for by the Constitution). The statement of the MP  concerns the legality of the chairmanship of the head of the  Constitutional Court of Armenia Hrayr Tovmasyan in this position.   TheMP in his message to the Prosecutor General's Office noted that  Tovmasyan committed violations of the law upon assuming this position  in 2018. That is, the parliamentary powers of Tovmasyan were  terminated without a corresponding statement on the basis of a  nonexistent justification by the then NA President. According to  Babajanyan, parliamentary powers cannot be terminated on non-existent  grounds. 

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