ArmInfo.The head of the Special Investigation Service (SIS) of Armenia Sasun Khachatryan was appointed chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee on September 16 for a period of 6 years.
On September 10, the government passed the stage of interviewing candidates for the post of chairman of the newly formed Anti-Corruption Committee. The Competition Council presented to the government the candidates who passed the competition for the post of the head of the new single body for the disclosure and investigation of corruption crimes.
All three candidates passed the interview stage, including the head of the SIS Sasun Khachatryan. The highest number of points in the competition was scored by Khachatryan, who has headed the SIS since June 11, 2018. "Sasun Khachatryan: total score - 308, honesty - 115. David Mkrtumyan: total score- 257, honesty - 121, Garnik Torosyan: total score- 202, honesty - 107", - the results were presented after the interview.
It turned out that Khachatryan did not declare the car, he drives a Porsche Cayenne car, which belongs to his brother-in-law. The other candidate also does not have his own car. Garnik Torosyan, who has a lawyer's license and has worked in the police for a long time, said that he drives his wife's car if necessary. Another candidate for the post of chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee, David Mkrtumyan, has no legal education, he received a master's degree in finance, and worked in the banking system. From April to August 2021, Mkrtumyan was the Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the National Assembly, and before that he worked for 6 years at the Central Bank and was fired at the initiative of the employer.
To recall, at the beginning of 2021, the creation of the Anti-Corruption Committee was announced. As the then Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia Rustam Badasyan noted in his speech, appointments to the new structure, including to leadership positions, will be made within the framework of an open competition. At the same time, as the minister noted, for the employees of the committee, in contrast to employees of other investigative bodies, stricter requirements and restrictions will be introduced. Accordingly, they will be provided with additional guarantees for the full implementation of their activities.
As a result, according to the head of the Ministry of Justice, in a number of structures, which earlier within the framework of their powers were engaged in combating and countering corruption, staff reductions will begin. We are talking, in particular, about the National Security Service, the Special Investigative Service, the Investigative Committee and the State Revenue Committee. These employees are planned to be merged into a new structure - the Anti-Corruption Committee. The number of employees of the new department will be about 150 people, including at least 30 investigators and 60 detectives.
The new unified body for the detection and investigation of corruption crimes will start working in about a month. The committee will carry out, among other things, operational-search activities. Meanwhile, the Special Investigative Service, created in 2007, will be abolished.
For the creation of the Anti-Corruption Committee, the Government of Armenia has allocated 8 billion 203 million drams, which is planned to be spent in 2021-2023. Of this amount, the bulk of the funds - about 5.1 billion drams, will be spent on salaries, utilities and office expenses. In addition, more than 5 billion drams are planned to be allocated to provide the new department with a building. Also, 285.5 million drams will be spent on technical equipment, and 192 million drams - to provide the department and its employees with vehicles. The salary of the staff of the Committee will be about 650 thousand drams without deducting taxes, and the chairman of the committee - 700 thousand drams.