ArmInfo. A protest action is being held near the building of the Armenian parliament demanding not to elect Gagik Jhangiryan and Armen Khachatryan to the post of members of the Supreme Judicial Council.
A member of the Homeland party, Arsen Babayan, said that in this way the authorities are trying to take full control of the judicial system. "At the moment, the authorities are trying to subjugate the judicial system. So, they decided to create a separate court that will deal with arrests, and now, they decided to introduce their obedient representatives in the Supreme Judicial Council in order to completely subjugate the only independent branch of power, "Babayan emphasized.
It should be noted that today an extraordinary session has started in the National Assembly of Armenia, the agenda of which is the issue of electing members of the Supreme Judicial Council. Gagik Jhangiryan and Armen Khachatryan were nominated for the post of Supreme Judicial Council members. These candidates were nominated by members of the "My Step" faction.
To note, Jhangiryan was released from the post of military prosecutor and deputy prosecutor general of Armenia in 2008. The fact is that at that time Jhangiryan supported the first president of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan in the presidential elections. After the events of March 1, 2008, Jhangiryan was convicted of using violence against a police officer and was arrested; however, a year later he was released under an amnesty.
It should be reminded that as a result of clashes at opposition rallies following the 2008 presidential elections in Armenia, in which Serzh Sargsyan won de jure, 10 people died on March 1. The investigation into the case is still ongoing. The second president of Armenia, Robert Kocharian, and a number of high- ranking officials of that time are involved in the case on charges of overthrowing the constitutional order.