The extended meeting of the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia held on January 26, 2015 was dedicated to the activities carried out in the course of the service of the previous year. The meting was presided over by the Chief of the Special Investigation Service, General-Lieutenant of Justice Vahram Shahinyan.
The Chief Deputy of the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia, Colonel of Justice Mushegh Babayan delivered a report about the results of the activities carried out in the year 2014. He noted that during 2014 the investigators of the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia reviewed 546 criminal cases. The analysis the statistical data show that in comparison with the last two years, the amount of work of the service investigators have dramatically increased. Thus, in 2012 the service investigators reviewed 204 criminal cases and in 2013 – 239 criminal cases. What is more remarkable is that the number of cases reviewed in the proceeding of the year 2014, exceeds the number of the criminal cases put together by 103 which were reviewed during the last two years (546-443).
54 of 546 criminal cases reviewed have been transferred since the last year and 492 criminal cases were proceeded with in the reporting year.
282 criminal cases out of the cases proceeded with in the reporting year were launched by the investigators of the Special Investigation Service and 155 criminal cases were received from other Criminal Pursuit Bodies and the rest were separated from other cases or renewed.
The remarkable thing is that the number of the criminal cases launched by the service investigators during the reporting year also exceeds the index of the previous two years. Thus, 217 criminal cases more were launched in 2014 than in 2012 (65 cases) and 119 criminal cases more were launched than in 2013 (163 cases).
The increase is also evident thanks to the number of the criminal cases received from other criminal pursuit bodies. Thus, 158 criminal cases received from other bodies during the reporting period were more by 42 than the ones received during 2012 (116 cases) and by 56 more than the ones received in 2013 (102 cases).
235 criminal cases or 43 percents out of 546 criminal cases reviewed during the reporting period were settled. As compared to the previous years, 139 cases more were settled than in 2012 (63 cases) and 142 cases more than in 2013 (93 cases).
55 of the accomplished criminal cases were sent to the court along with the indictment, and 168 criminal cases were quashed (12 of which were quashed for two times).
27crminal proceedings were quashed in 2014, 29 cases were merged, 118 cases were referred for investigation responsibility and remained unaccomplished and 132 criminal cases were transferred in 2015.
As noted above, 55 of the criminal cases were accomplished in 2014 (including 4) instituted against 110 individuals and referred to the court with the indictment (47 cases, 48 individuals in the year 2013).
Thirty-eight out of 110 individuals sued were arrested during the preliminary investigation. Pledge was applied to 2 individuals, and other measures of restraint with no jail confinement were applied to 70 individuals.
The acquittal of the criminal cases referred to the court were not passed.
Reports about the activity carried out in 2014 were delivered by the Head of Corruption, Organized and Official Crime Investigation Department, Justice Colonel Karen Karapetyan, Head of Ordinary Crime Investigation Department, Justice Colonel Ashot Hakobyan, Head of Investigation Department of Tortures and Crime Against Human, Justice Colonel Varuzhan Ghahramanyan, Chief Investigator of Especially Important Cases under the Head of Special Investigation Service Edgar Poghosyan, Deputy Head of Corruption, Organized and Official Crimes Investigation Department Edik Hakobyan, Investigator of Especially Important Cases Arshaluys Minasyan, Vazgen Avetisyan, Head of Department of Improvement of Investigation Affairs of Service Personnel and Investigation Methods Processing Service Sergey Arakelyan. At the end of the meeting the Head of Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia, Lieutenant General Vahram Shahinyan summed upon the activities carried out in the year 2014 by particularly emphasizing the achievements gained during the previous year.
- I believe that one of the most important service achievements of the year 2014 was the enhancement of the quality and efficiency of preliminary investigation conducted by the investigators, the guarantee of which, undoubtedly, is the recruitment of young and professional service investigators endowed with high moral properties. The Head of Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia underscored in his speech and continued it, he said “It is not a secret that over one or one year and a half we have done our endeavors so that the Special Investigation Service would become the most professional, fundamental and impartial investigatory structure in our country”. It should be emphasized that it is already an obvious reality. Today our country’s Special Investigation Service is an independent state structure which in executing its authorizations is independent and authorized to conduct the preliminary investigation of the most complex, multi-episode, serious criminal cases and the ones launched on basis of the evidence of especially serious crimes. The other pivotal achievements of the year 2014 were considered by the Head of the Special Investigation Service to be the contribution of anticorruption strategy in service and its consistent implementation.
- I would not consider it a hypocrisy if I directly point out that today few law enforcements structures may take pride in the fact that struggle against corruption was as efficient in their systems as in the special investigation service. The contribution of anticorruption strategy resulted in the enhancement of trust for our service among both the officials conducting state special service or other citizens of our country. Under the circumstances none of the officials or an ordinary citizen innocent in the service sphere should not be anxious since the special investigation service guarantees the conduct of complete, comprehensive and impartial investigation,- was noted by Vahrham Shahinyan at the end of his speech and continued, - Talking of the service achievements of the year 2014 a special emphasis should be made on the fact of the formation and accomplishment of new three structural subdivisions, particularly: Corruption, Organized and Official Crimes Investigation Department, Department of Investigation of Tortures and Crimes Against Human and Department of Investigation of Ordinary Crimes. The main objective of the creation of the departments of investigation of фт individual group of crimes is the specialization of the investigators reviewing specific crimes which will bring the benchmark of the quality of the preliminary investigation of the criminal cases launched based on such facts to an incomparably high level. The idea of the creation of departments also rested on the requirements of the international public and the study of many yearsэ positive experience of the European countries. It should be recorded that with the creation of newly-specialized departments the departmental control over the investigators has been reinforced. Theшк labour and executive discipline has incomparably improved and what is more important is that the organizationфд function of the investigatory activity has perfected.
The Head of the Special Investigation Service also interlinked their achievements to the active collaboration with partner structures.
- The special investigation service is only a body executing a preliminary investigation and we would not have had many achievements if we had not collaborated with our partners from the Police of the Republic of Armenia and the National Security Service conducting operational and search activity, as well as the prosecutors conducting a control over the legitimacy of the preliminary investigation. I believe that our collaboration with the above law enforcement structures and newly-created investigation committee in the year 2015 will continue. The Head of Special Investigation Service Vahram Shahinyan finalized his speech by indicating the programs for the year 2015.