In order to deprive a deputy of his immunity, the Attorney General must appear in parliament and obtain the consent of the National Assembly. This norm exists in the legislation of both Armenia and dozens of other countries. What’s the point? It is clear that the political activity of legislators cannot be impeded, because the executive branch can always succumb to the temptation to limit the freedom of opponents through criminal cases. Consequently, imprisoning a deputy must be a complex process requiring parliamentary debate.
Even high school students know (at least should know) about this elementary, non-misinterpreted situation. It is unlikely that this legal provision was not known to prosecutors and judges. It is even a little surprising that there was a need for a comment from the Constitutional Court on this issue.
With the same success, MPs can ask the Constitutional Court whether a citizen can be convicted twice for the same crime, or whether the presumption of innocence is valid in Armenia. Of course, it was not ruled out that the Constitutional Court would give some confusing wording on such a simple issue as the immunity of deputies, devoid of legal nuances. Fortunately, this did not happen.
Fans of the authorities, of course, will say – “they are criminals and should be in prison.” However, leaving aside the same presumption of innocence, let me remind you how our law enforcement officers treat, in particular, election crimes. Remember when Gagik Tsarukyan said that the government should resign? Then it was very quickly “found out” that the PAP gave pre-election bribes during the elections, and Tsarukyan did not pay taxes. What happened to these accusations? They disappeared because the leader of the PAP no longer demands Pashinyan’s resignation. That’s all there is to know about criminal charges as well as law enforcement. As before 2018, “from above” dictate who to “close” and who not.
On the other hand, accusations by the authorities of using the administrative resource after these local elections do not sound very convincing. People who “worked” for the RPA are now doing the same for the “State Duma”. As Mussolini said: “Everything to friends, law to enemies.”
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