ArmInfo. On July 9, during the court hearing, the defense side submitted a motion to stop the criminal prosecution of former Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Ara Babloyan.
As lawyer Aram Vardevanyan noted in particular, there was obvious violations in the prosecution of his client, and after the requalification of the charge, investigative measures were not taken, however, the case with the indictment was sent to court. For their part, prosecutors objected that the court could not assess the change in the charges until the relevant evidence was examined in court. The decision will be announced today.
Earlier, the Special Investigation Service reported that there is evidence that in March 2018, in the process of Gagik Harutyunyan's resignation of the powers of the President of the Constitutional Court, officials, based on group interests, personally and also through non-officials committed official forgery, to appoint Hrayr Tovmasyan to the post of head of the Constitutional Court.
So, former head of the Constitutional Court Gagik Harutyunyan, whose term of office (70 years) was supposed to end on March 23, 2018, signed an appeal addressed to NA Speaker Ara Babloyan on the resignation of his post of the President of the Constitutional Council, which was dated March 1, 2018 . The then NA Speaker Ara Babloyan, having not officially received this appeal by Gagik Harutyunyan, on March 2 illegally signed and made a statement on the resignation of Gagik Harutyunyan, as head of the Constitutional Court. Otherwise, the President of the National Assembly would not have been able to announce the resignation of the President of the Constitutional Assembly before the next ordinary sitting of the National Assembly on March 20, 2018.
It should be noted that in the conditions of observing the three-day period provided for by the law, after that it would be impossible to appoint Hrayr Tovmasyan as the head of the Constitutional Court, since before this the next NA meeting was not provided. As a result, favorable conditions were created for the process of nominating and appointing Hrayr Tovmasyan to the vacant post of head of the Constitutional Court. Ara Babloyan is charged under Part 1 of Article 308 and Part 1 of Article 314 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia, and Arsen Babayan is charged with Part 1 of Article 38-300 and part 1 of Article 314 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia.