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Clarification on the statement of the Committee for Television and Radio-broadcasting
2020-02-03

The Commission for Television and Radio-broadcasting announced today a statement on the video broadcast by “News” on Armenian Public Television's entitled “The SIS presents details of Hrayr Tovmasyan's accusation” by mentioning that it shares the point of the Human Rights Defender on the fact of violation of the principle of presumption of innocence, “recording” that the SIS was the  primarily responsible for the violation of that principle.

In this regard, it is worth mentioning that being a prosecution body and acting under the law of the prosecution the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia is empowered to provide information on the criminal case to the extent that it deems necessary, based on the public interest in the case, and emphasizing the right of the public to receive objective and impartial information. Voicing such a position can in no way be regarded as a violation of the presumption of innocence.

It should also be noted that according to Article 201 of the RA Criminal Procedure Code information within the preliminary investigation may be disclosed only with the permission of the body investigating the case, which is available in this case.

That is to say, the preliminary investigation body presented to the media the findings of the body conducting the proceedings on the facts established by a sufficient combination of evidence provided according to the procedures stipulated by the RA Criminal Procedure Code, on the basis of which the person had already been charged.

Taking into account the aforementioned and recording that the assessment of the activities of the RA Special Investigation Service is beyond the competence of the Commission for Television and Radio-broadcasting, we urge from now on to refrain from amateur legal analysis of criminal cases and SIS activities in general.