Zhoghovurd: Judges ‘facing dilemma’ over Tsarukyan’s arrest – Armenian News

Law enforcement authorities are considered amid heated debates over Gagik Tsarukyan’s possible arrest after the prosecutor general’s recent call for initiating a prosecution against the leader of the Prosperous Armenia party (PAP).

 Artur Davtyan’s motion, introduced to the National Assembly late on Monday, received support by 67 lawmakers in a secret ballot. The prosecutor general also proposed procedures for placing the businessman-politician in custody throughout the inquest. If backed by the majority of lawmakers, the case will be handed over to a first instance court that may decide on the measure of restraint.

The paper says it has learned from sources that numerous judges have already been recently requesting leave from work from the Supreme Judicial Council recently, citing either health issues or fears linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a matter of known fact, though, many are thought to be safeguarding themselves contrary to the scenario to be Tsarukyan’s judge. They reportedly beware of accusations of either being scared by the tycoon (in case of ruling against his detention ) or acting as “myrmidons” for the current authorities (in case of satisfying the motion).

The paper  also notes that the ruling My Step faction in parliament conducted a session on Monday to discuss issue. At the meeting chaired by Ararat Mirzoyan, the speaker of the National Assembly, the parliamentary majority agreed on plans to to keep calm at today’s parliament session, avoiding possible provocations by the Prosperous Armenia colleagues.

Also, the paper claims, the representatives of parliamentary majority determined to right back the motion for striping the PAP leader of immunity.

Tsarukyan, who has been accused of vote-buying, tax fraud and corruption (as part of the criminal probe launched by the National Security Service), will never be present at the session, according to the paper. The NSS has  perhaps not ruled out the likelihood of expanding the frameworks of the case to accuse also the PAP leadership as well as other members of a vote-buying scheme throughout the 2017 parliamentary elections.


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