ArmInfo. A group of officials, in the process of resigning the powers of the former chairman of the Constitutional Court, Gagik Harutyunyan, guided by group interests, committed a documentary forgery, the press service of the Special Investigation Service (SIS) said. The report says that as a result of the investigative actions, it was decided on suspicion of committing a crime to detain citizen A. B, the former deputy head of the RA NA apparatus (Arsen Babayan - Ed. note).
Taking into account the identification of a new crime, a criminal case was initiated in the SIS on the first part of Article 314 of the Criminal Code of Armenia, which was added to the resonant case of usurpation of power related to the head of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan.
To recall, the Special Investigative 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 RA Criminal Code (seizure of power through 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 lawmaker 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, Tovmasyan's deputy powers 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.
On October 17, SIS spokeswoman Marina Ohanjanyan told ArmInfo that Special Investigation Service officers carried out investigative actions in the Constitutional Court and the central office of the former ruling RPA.