ArmInfo. Some of the most important expectations of citizens from the "velvet" revolution in 2018 were related to justice and the fight against corruption. Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated on December 6 from the rostrum of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.
According to him, these expectations continue to remain in their place, which means the lack of their full implementation. "But why is this happening? There is even talk that the country's authorities have betrayed the principles and values of the revolution. But before referring to these conversations, it is necessary to clarify for yourself what justice is, how it was manifested, and how it should be manifested. After the "velvet" revolution, everyone expected that justice and fairness would reign in the country, that is, sentences would be passed in the squares and carried out, including the confiscation of illegally acquired property of specifically designated persons. In other words, everything that the times of the French Revolution was characterized as terror," said the Prime Minister.
He added that the authorities did not follow this path for one simple reason:It was not the October Socialist Revolution, that was carried out in 2018, but a revolution of love and harmony, promising that there would be no vendettas in the country. "This is an important feature, because the refusal to use vendetta is our revolutionary commitment to the people. True, a contradictory question arises here: how to implement justice without the use of vendetta. This is where the problem arises related to what justice is, how and where justice is done. Our position has been and remains unchanged: justice is decided in institutions that, when administering justice, have the authority to do so, acting in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution and laws," Pashinyan emphasized.
He noted that everything that is associated with the lack of institutional mechanisms cannot be considered justice. Otherwise, one may shoot the other in the entrance of the building, another may break his nose, a third may demand to join the company, and a fourth to usurp someone else's property. "This not only cannot be considered justice, although it may find approval in society, but also the path to the destruction of the state. Justice is an institutional phenomenon, everything that is not institutional is not justice," said the head of the Armenian government, adding that the Cabinet of Ministers is taking steps to form deep institutional justice and fairness in the country.
He noted that over the past five years, funding for the country's judicial system has doubled, and this trend will continue in 2024. The salaries of judges of the Court of Cassation have increased significantly, and the salaries of judges of the Court of Appeal and primary courts will increase from January 1, 2024. Also, over the past five years, the salaries of prosecutors have doubled, which will continue to grow next year. Funding for the Investigative Committee increased by 226%, and the salaries of Investigative Committee investigators almost doubled. At the same time, funding for the Anti-Corruption Committee in 2023 compared to 2018, when it was the Special Investigative Service, increased by 443%, and the salaries of its investigators increased significantly.
The Prime Minister noted that the increase in these salaries is carried out for society, since judges, prosecutors and prosecutors provide a service to people and society. At the same time, Pashinyan pointed out a serious problem related to the inevitability of justice. According to him, the work of all legal bodies should be judged not by the number of cases initiated, but by the number of court decisions made. Sometimes it feels like legal proceedings maygo on forever, with no end in sight.
Pashinyan emphasized that since 2018, 60 new vacancies have opened in the courts. Cases related to the confiscation of up to 5 million drams are considered in the Arbitration Court, which avoids additional workload for the courts. "If you love your homeland, be law-abiding," the head of government concluded his speech.
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