Sasun Khachatryan, the head of the RA Special Investigation Service, met with co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Monitoring Committee for Armenia Yulya Lyovochkina and Andrey Shirtsel, PACE Monitoring Committee secretary Alexis Salanson and CEO of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan Natalya Vutova.
The dialog partners were interested in the functions of the Special Investigative Service and works carried out by the service in the scope of anti-corruption activities in particular by the results of a number of criminal cases of public interest investigated by the body of preliminary investigation. They also referred to the funds recovered by criminal cases. As Sasun Khachatryan told, the amount of money recovered by criminal cases in the past year only, has been unprecedented. The head of the Special Investigative Service noted that large-scale investigation was also carried out on criminal cases involving the illicit enrichment and money laundering of former officials, including more than 30 investigative inquiries sent to other countries to detect the assets of those persons.
In response to the questions of dialog partners Sasun Khachatryan said that during the last 9 months only the number of applications addressed to the service has increased by 80%, which, certainly, indicates the increase of public confidence in the service.
By summarizing the results of the meeting the dialog partners attached importance to the involvement and initiative of the RA Special Investigative Service in the reforms of the criminal justice system.