ArmInfo.Armenian police will be given the opportunity to independently listen to telephone conversations of citizens passing as suspects in a particular case. The National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia at the meeting on January 21 in the second and final reading amended the law "On Operational Investigation Activities".
According to the co-author of the presented document, deputy of the National Assembly from My Step faction Armen Khachatryan, taking into account the operational-search powers of the police and the availability of an operational-technical specialized unit, the bill proposes at the legislative level to allow monitoring and wiretapping of citizens' telephone calls using available technical means. In this, according to the deputy, it will be possible to save the time spent on contacting the National Security Service to ensure that they have the required funds, and to carry out organizational work. The parliamentarian also explained that today the police are forced to make a similar request to the SNB, which already has a busy schedule. According to Armen Khachatryan, this bill will allow, to a certain extent, to remove from the SNB a number of obligations that are not within its powers, which will reduce the level of workload, increasing its efficiency.
In turn, the Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia Srbuhi Galyan noted that the adoption of this bill entails enormous financial costs. So, in her words, the Armenian Police will have to be provided with all the technical equipment necessary for wiretapping. Galyan also said that work is underway on a draft new Code of Criminal Procedure, the adoption of which also implies changes in the criminal justice system. "Additions will also be made to the law on operational search activities," the deputy minister explained.