ArmInfo.The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) of Armenia will not bring to disciplinary responsibility acting Council Chairman Gagik Jhangiryan. Press secretary of the SJC Lilit Shaboyan wrote on her Facebook page.
According to the source, on June 30, a commission formed for discussion with the participation of SJC members Grigor Bekmezyan, David Khachaturyan, Mesrop Makyan, Ani Mkhitaryan and Sergey Chichoyan decided to refuse to initiate proceedings to bring Gagik Dzhangiryan to disciplinary responsibility.
The decision of the commission notes that it is impossible to initiate proceedings to bring to disciplinary responsibility a judge or a member of the Supreme Judicial Council on the basis of an edited video recording. The Commission stated that the requirement regarding the one-year term for bringing to disciplinary responsibility was also violated. The recording was made on February 20, 2021, but former Chairman of the SJC Ruben Vardazaryan was made it public only on June 20, 2022, i.e. one year and 4 months after the alleged violation.
It should be noted that on June 20, the temporarily dismissed Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Ruben Vardazaryan presented a scandalous recording of a conversation with Acting Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Gagik Jhangiryan and a member of the Supreme Judicial Council Stepan Mikayelyan, which took place on February 20, 2021. In this conversation, Jhangiryan persuades Vardazaryan to leave his post, while asking him to do it "for good, quietly and peacefully." He advises to think about the future of children, family and assures that if he leaves, then all criminal cases initiated against him will be terminated. "I guarantee you this as long as I'm alive," according to the recording Jhangiryan said. After the recording was published, the Prosecutor General's Office announced that the recording of the conversation between Gagik Jhangiryan, member of the SJC Stepan Mikayelyan, and Ruben Vardazaryan, had been sent to the Investigative Committee for study. On June 23, the Supreme Judicial Council decided to terminate the powers of chairman of the SJC Ruben Vardazaryan. Vardazaryan's powers as head of the SJC were suspended in April 2021 on the basis of a criminal case brought against him for interfering with the administration of justice.