The solemn meeting dedicated to the Day of the RA Special Investigation Service officer and the 12th anniversary of the formation of the Service took place today. The meeting was attended by Mr. Nikol Pashinyan the Prime Minister of RA, Mr. Artur Davtyan the Prosecutor General of RA, Mr. Hayk Grigoryan the head of the RA Investigation Committee, Mr. Arman Sargsyan the acting head of RA Police, Mr. Rustam Badasyan the RA Minister of Justice, Mr. Feliks Tsolakyan the RA Minister of Emergency Situations, Mr. Armen Grigoryan the RA Security Council Secretary, Mr. Argishti Kyaramyan the acting Chief of the RA State Control Service, and other senior officials.
Noting that by the resolution of the RA Government dated November 21, 2019 the 28th November will be further marked as the Day of the RA Special Investigative Service officer, Mr. Sasun Khachatryan, the Head of the RA Special Investigation Service, third Class State Counselor of Justice, congratulated all the officers of the Service on this occasion. “I would like to note with satisfaction that the officers of Special Investigation Service are well aware of the exclusivity of work entrusted to them during this important time for the country. It may sound a little bit immodest when we talk about the exclusivity of the work we do, but I believe everyone, regardless of the type of job they do and the position they occupy, should be convinced of the exclusivity of the work they do, as there are opportunities for great and small courage in every profession, and we must treat the work with the same philosophy, do it with utmost dedication; otherwise we will not succeed. For an investigator, the profession is much more than just paid work; in any case, it is a responsible, hard work, which requires surplus of forces, creative approach, often the work is done on the account of the communication with the family and friends, rest, and only the devotees record significant success here. I should be proud to say that there are many such people in our service.
Having referred to the criminal cases investigated in the Service, the Head of the service stated that during the past 11 months unprecedented amount of money has been recovered: the amount recovered in 2019 only is 7 times more than the sum recovered in criminal cases examined during the past 11 years: “Unprecedented material damage of AMD 4.331.935.405 was recovered in the criminal proceedings pending at this time. This is just the cash returned to the state budget; much more movable and immovable property legally and actually owned by the defendants, as well as assets subject to the offense, which would be administered by judicial action, were arrested”.
Mr. Nikol Pashinyan the RA Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Sasun Khachatryan, the Head of the RA Special Investigation Service and all the officers of the Service on the occasion of the professional day, and said “Sure, in the terms of legislation of the Republic of Armenia and the essence of the Special Investigation Service, it is an independent authority, nevertheless, it should be noted that the political context and atmosphere existing in the country are very important for the functioning of that authority, because the institutional independence in itself does not mean and can never mean environmental independence, independence of the atmosphere,” - the Prime Minister said and added that it was impossible to build legality, independence and justice in a separate authority.
“I believe and I am convinced that the best possible conditions have been created today for the activities of the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia or, better to say for investigation of crimes committed by high-ranking officials; at least we have never had better conditions in the history of the third Republic. I want to emphasize that when speaking of high-ranking officials, fight against corruption in general, abuse, the political situation and delicacies usually or at least sometimes unfortunately it is perceived that we only mean former officials. And I want to take this opportunity to point out that perhaps in principle we mean nowadays officials, because if the fight against abuse relates only to the past, it will only be political conjuncture, political expediency, and aspiration to replace the old culture of abuse with the new one; and aspiration to replace the old abusive staff with new abusive staff. I want to make it clear that such an even silent interpretation of the situation has nothing to do with reality. Knowing, as well as analyzing and discussing our contacts with the head of Special Investigation Service the Prosecutor General, Chairman of the Investigation Committee, heads of the Police, National Security Service, I am convinced that we and the representatives of our government in general understand this challenge very well”, - Nikol Pashinyan said.
“We speak a lot about how the law enforcement system works, and I myself have had the opportunity to say that it is not always, and I cannot say that I am very satisfied with the results of investigation of corruption and in general cases related to officials. But to be honest, it is very easy to record the same at the political level, but when we dig into the details and record the facts, we see that a lot of work has been done, - the Prime Minister mentioned, and added that all investigative bodies, including Special Investigation Service today have a big problem with investigators' workload. “Today, when we look at the average workload of investigators, we see that in fact, people work in inhumane conditions. And indeed, for this work, I would first of all like to thank the investigators of Special Investigation Service, our investigative bodies in general, and the Prosecutor's Office for their work, and to say that on the other hand this is our so-called Golgotha way, don’t understand me wrongly. We must go through these sufferings to bring our country to a new heights, - Nikol Pashinyan said
Having referred to the fact announced by the head of Special Investigation Service, which stated that the amount recovered on criminal cases in the Special Investigation Service over one year only is 7 times more than the sum recovered in criminal cases examined in the Special Investigation Service during the past 11 years, the Prime Minister called it sensational, and said it to testify that a tremendous amount of work is being done in the service
Congratulating everyone on the day, the RA Prime Minister said once again: “I am happy that it is our government that has de jure set the day of the Special Investigation Service employee. I wish you all the best. I do not want to single out any criminal investigation right now, although as we said at our first meeting last year, there are cases that are of strategic importance to the Republic of Armenia, but on the other hand, the expanding your scope of activity this year showed that the number of strategically important cases is increasing, and yet, let me state that the Special Investigation Service mainly investigates cases of strategic importance in the terms of conceptual, philosophical, and country development; however, I must say that the investigation of each criminal case is strategic because the quality of the investigation, the logic and justice of the case predetermine the atmosphere we have in the RA, which predetermine attitude of the RA citizens to their country, which in its turn predetermine the future that awaits us and our generations”.
Sasun Khachatryan, the Head of the RA Special Investigation Service, thanked the RA Prime Minister, the Government and all partners of the Special Investigation Service for cooperation and assistance and assured that the service will show the necessary consistency and diligence to ensure efficiency in the sector entrusted to it, in realizing the supreme idea of ensuring the rule of law.
Hovhannes Yenokyan the Deputy Head of Special Investigation Service and Gegham Margaryan the Senior Investigator on Particularly important cases of the Department for investigation of crimes of general character of the SIS were by the motion of the RA Prime Minister and the order of the RA president awarded Mkhitar Gosh medal for their contribution into the strengthening of law and order.
Garegin Begoyan the Senior Investigator on Particularly important cases under the head of the SIS and Ashot Zamkochyan the Senior Investigator on Particularly important cases under the head of the SIS were awarded the Medals of the Prime Minister.
The officers of the Service have been awarded medals, extraordinary degrees, and letters of appreciation for their honest, productive work, contribution into the strengthening of law and order and on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of service.