ArmInfo. Materials are being prepared on the fact of the alleged use of torture in one of the RA police departments, the press service of the SIS RA reports.
It should be noted that yesterday the video was distributed on the Internet containing footage of torture during interrogation. According to information circulated by the media, a case of torture of a citizen by police officers occurred in one of the RA police departments.
In turn, the human rights defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan promised to take the matter under his personal control. "It is necessary to immediately initiate criminal proceedings regarding this record. All control actions should be carried out exclusively within the framework of the procedure provided for by the Code of Criminal Procedure of Armenia," Tatoyan wrote on his Facebook page. The Ombudsman also said that a corresponding official letter signed by him will be sent to the criminal investigation body.
As previously reported, at a meeting held on November 21, the government approved amendments to the "Police" law, according to which the Armenian police will be given the right to use recording devices and video surveillance cameras during interrogations of persons suspected of committing crimes.
According to Chief of the RA Police, Arman Sargsyan, the proposed amendments are aimed at excluding torture. Recording devices and video surveillance cameras will be installed in front of the entrance to the Police building, police stations and offices where investigative measures are being taken, including interrogations and operational requests. The document establishes the periods of storage of these records, the procedure and cases of their transfer to third parties. The Chief of Police also said that the installation of the devices would be carried out within three years after the entry into force of the law. In addition, the document also stipulates the conditions for the use of these devices by patrol officers. In this case, without fail suspected persons are warned about the use of video cameras.