ArmInfo.Vladimir Hovhannisyan was relieved of the post of Deputy Head of the Special Investigation Service (SIS) of Armenia in connection with the abolition of the department.
According to the official website of the government, the decisionwas signed by RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on October 18.
State Counselor of Justice of the second class Vladimir Hovhannisyan was appointed Deputy Head of the
SIS by the decree of Head of the Special Investigation Service of Armenia Vahram Shahinyan of June 4, 2013.
To recall, in March 2021, the parliament in the second and final reading adopted the package of bills submitted by the government "On the Anti-Corruption Committee" and related projects, which also provide for the abolition of the Special Investigative Service.
As then Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia Rustam Badasyan noted in his speech, appointments to the new body, 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 former head of the Ministry of Justice, staff reductions will begin in a number of bodies that previously, within the framework of their powers, were engaged in combating and countering corruption. 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 the new body- 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 single body for the detection and investigation of corruption crimes, which is already headed by the former head of the SIS Sasun Khachatryan, will carry out, among other things, operational-search activities.