ArmInfo. They can arrest me only with the consent of the Constitutional Court. The head of the Constitutional Court of Armenia Hrayr Tovmasyan stated this in an interview with the <Pressing> program (operating under the <168 Jam> newspaper).
<I would like to draw everyone's attention to the fact that judges of the Constitutional Court, appointed before April 9, 2018, both by European standards and by the latest decisions of the Constitutional Court, have not only functional, but also complete inviolability for the entire previous period. In order to prosecute me and start criminal prosecution, they can arrest me only with the consent of the Constitutional Court, despite the fact that this was amended in the 2015 Constitution and established exclusively functional immunity>, Tovmasyan stated.
To the journalist's remark that if the arrest has a political decision, Tovmasyan emphasized that the Constitutional Court should remain in its role and make a legal decision, and any legal decision is acceptable to him.
<Whatever the resolution of the situation, in one I will be consistent. The decision should be legal, it should not be to the detriment of our legal security and constitutionality, should not contradict my conscience, should not be a bargain>, he said. -sh-
According to him, at the moment when five judges of the Constitutional Court declare that he is not managing his duties, he is ready to resign from the post of head of the court and continue to work as a judge.
To recall, last week, on the basis of a statement by MP of the National Assembly of Armenia Arman Babajanyan, a criminal case was opened in connection with the case of "an apparent crime of usurpation of power". Babajanyan claims that Hrayr Tovmasyan usurped the position of President of the Constitutional Court using criminal schemes. The MP believes that in 2018 a group of officials, including President of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan, took office as President of the Constitutional Court with violations of the law.
A few days ago, the Special Investigation Service distributed a report that, in the framework of the criminal case instituted on the basis of Babajanyan's report, Ara Babloyan, the former President of the National Assembly, was involved as a suspect. In this case, Arsen Babayan, former deputy head of the NA apparatus, was arrested on charges of promoting usurpation of power and committing forgery. Hrayr Tovmasyan has no status in the case.