ArmInfo. At the meeting on December 11 in the second and final reading, the Armenian parliament amended the law "On the Constitutional Court" and the law "On providing activities, services and social guarantees of officials", which proposed introducing a new model for early retirement of judges of the Constitutional Court on a voluntary basis.
Introducing the draft amendments, RA Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan noted that the government proposes to introduce into the current legislation a provision according to which if the judges of the Constitutional Court retire before December 31, 2020, then the amount of their pension within two months will be commensurate with the current salary, which taking into account allowances, will total more than 1 million drams per month for each judge. Thus, as the Minister noted, an attempt is being made to resolve the crisis around the Constitutional Court.
Earlier, the Ministry of Justice noted that as a result of the application of new rates, the monthly pension of the chairman of the Constitutional Court will be 1 375 712 drams, and the pension of a member of the Constitutional Court - 1,031,784 drams. The total amount of pensions of 6 judges and the chairman of the Constitutional Court will be 90 796 992 drams per month. The ministry said that if the judge of the Constitutional Court currently receives AMD 793,680, and the chairman - AMD 1,058,240, then this amount will add up to 30% of the salary.
Speaking from the rostrum of the Parliament on December 11, Naira Zohrabyan, lawmaker of the National Assembly from the Prosperous Armenia faction, noted that authorities in various formats have repeatedly spoken about the judges of the Constitutional Court as criminals, nevertheless, rewarding them with today's decision. This, according to the lawmaker, is illogical. She described the document itself as political pressure and pressure on the structure with which the authorities cannot settle scores in the legal field by making a political deal. "We don't like you and you must leave" that's your motto," the lawmaker said, noting that this approach is contrary to the democratic values proclaimed after the velvet revolution.
As ArmInfo previously reported, on September 14, the Armenian Constitutional Court rejected the consideration of the deprivation of authority of its head Hrayr Tovmasyan. At the meeting of the Constitutional Court in the case of Hrayr Tovmasyan, in addition to Tovmasyan himself, the recently elected judge Vahe Grigoryan was absent. The only judge to vote for the deprivation of Tovmasyan's powers was Felix Tokhyan. Even the second elected judge, Arman Dilanyan, voted against considering the deprivation of the powers of the chairman of the court. On October 4, the National Assembly of Armenia, with 98 votes in favor, 1 vote against, adopted the appeal prepared by the parliamentary fraction of the My Step bloc to the Constitutional Court on the termination of the powers of Hrayr Tovmasyan. The initiative of the ruling party was initially supported by colleagues from the Bright Armenia faction. In a statement by the parliament, the Constitutional Court presented four grounds for terminating Tovmasyan's powers. First, he did not have the right to participate in the consideration of the Constitutional Court "the Kocharyan case", since he was connected not only with him, but also with the Republicans, in particular, with former President Serzh Sargsyan. Second, Tovmasyan is the godfather of Kocharian's lawyer Aram Orbelian. Third, Tovmasyan's previous statements on the "March 1 case" give reason to consider his position partial. Fourth justification - Tovmasyan neglected all these circumstances and did not report the impossibility of his participation in the consideration of the "Kocharyan case".