On 1 February 2016 an extended board session was held in the Special Investigation Service devoted to the Service’s works done in the last year. The session was presided by the head of the Special Investigation Service, the General-Lieutenant of Justice Vahram Shahinyan.
The results of works done in 2015 were presented by the deputy head of the Special Investigation Service of RA, Colonel of Justice Mushegh Babayan.
The latter mentioned that during 2015 761 criminal cases were investigated in the proceedings of the investigators of the Special Investigation Service of RA. The analysis of statistics showed that in comparison with the previous years the workload of the Service’s investigators had abruptly increased. For comparison it was noted that in2013 inthe proceedings of the Service’s investigators 239 criminal cases were investigated, and 546 criminal cases in 2014. That’s, the number of cases investigated in the proceedings during 2015 increased of 215 if compared with 2014, that’s 39.4 %. It’s notable, that the number of the cases investigated in the proceedings during 2015 will only yield several cases if the criminal cases investigated during the previous 2 years are taken together.
During the period under review, from 761 criminal cases investigated in the proceedings, 376 criminal cases or 49,5 % were over, here 89 criminal cases with the indictment of 122 people were sent to the court, one was sent to the court to use compulsory measures of medical nature, 266 ones were discontinued. In fact, in comparison with 235 cases of 2014, 141 more cases were over.
From 122 people brought to trial, 37 ones were detained during the preliminary investigation, bail was applied towards 6 individuals, and another measure of restriction not concerning the detention was applied towards 79 individuals. From 299 criminal cases done with the preliminary investigation 110 /that’s 36,8 %/ were over before 2 month period.
The amount of material damage caused by the criminal cases over in 2015 (sent to court or discontinued) was 88.257.000 AMD from which the state damage was 30.000.000 AMD, legal entity: 979.000 AMD, natural person: 57.278.000 AMD.
From the whole damage caused by the finished cases, during the preliminary investigation 64.498.000 AMD that’s 73 % of the damage was recovered with a cash and the property attachment.
From 761 criminal cases investigated in the proceedings of the Service’s investigators 356 were of official and corruption nature (in comparison with 248 of the last year, that’s 108 more cases). 193 criminal cases of such nature were over, 31 cases were sent to court with the indictment of 52 individuals, and the proceedings of 162 cases were discontinued. 72 functionaries were sued as for committing crimes of an official and corruption nature as well as for other committed crimes.
To draw a clear idea about the workload of the Service’s investigators, one must take into account that during the year under review 413 materials coupled with the investigated cases were prepared by the investigators.
During the period under review, 1737 applications were discussed and taken forward due to the established order.
During 2014, 920 applications were discussed in the Special Investigation Service, that’s the number of the discussed applications was almost doubled during 2015.
From the applications discussed during the period under review, materials were prepared on 166 ones, criminal cases were instituted on 51, clarifications were given on 450 ones, 832 ones were attached to criminal cases or materials, actions stipulated by legal acts were brought forward to the remaining applications.
It’s notable that the investigator’s workload was increased not only with the criminal cases submitted to the subordination of the Special investigation Service under the Criminal Procedural Code but also conditioned with the necessity of multisided, complete and impartial investigation, the investigation of criminal cases was taken from the investigator’s proceedings of other investigative bodies and given to the investigator’s proceedings of the Special Investigation Service by the General Prosecutor of RA. During 2015, according to the directions of the General Prosecutor of RA such kind of 81 criminal cases were investigated in the proceedings of the Service.
During the session the deputy head of the Special Investigation Service of RA, Colonel of Justice Vladimir Hovhannisyan mentioned in his speech that during the period under review, the Special Investigation Service managed to honourably fulfill its special functions: with the Constitution of RA, the Criminal Procedural Code of RA, “Special Investigation Service” law of RA, the international agreements of RA and other legal acts established to respect the legality, the rights and freedoms of citizen or person, honour and dignity coupled with the direct maintenance of the principles of humanism and publicity. It is attested by a set of carried out proceedings accomplished with tactically correct, in detail, impartial and complete investigation in regard to a legislative demand of a short judicial term.
“It must be noted, that during the period under review, the Service’s independence, the Service’s officers organizationally legal acts and sufficient social guarantees coupled with the increase of the productivity of the Service’s activity were more strengthened, a direct appliance of the case-law was provided in the investigative acts, as well as harmonic connection of the theory-practice” in his speech underlined the deputy head of the Special Investigation Service of RA, Colonel of Justice Vladimir Hovhannisyan.
The head of the examination department of corruption, organized and official crimes, the Colonel of Justice Karen Karapetyan, the head of the examination department of the crimes of general nature, the Colonel of Justice Ashot Hakobyan and the head of the examination department of tortures and crimes towards people, the Colonel of Justice Varuzhan Ghahramanyan presented their works done in 2015.
Then the head of the Special Investigation Service, the General-Lieutenant of Justice Vahram Shahinyan summed up the works done in 2015 specifically emphasizing the achievements of the previous year.
“I consider our core and the most important achievement of 2015 the anticorruption strategy of the Special Investigation Service implemented from May of 2013 and coherently actualized in 2014 and 2015.
As the head of the Service, I have initially given strict importance and nowadays also consider important the instructions of the President of theRepublicofArmeniаto keep the Service away from corruption. In regard to this, the fight against corruption both inside and outside the service is of a specific importance to me.
In another occasion, concerning this I have already once highlighted that today few legal institutions can boast that the fight against corruption phenomenon has been as productive within their system as in the Special Investigation Service.
The implementation of the anticorruption strategy resulted in the increase of the citizen’s reliability towards the Service, which is witnessed by the number of our citizen’s applications (1757) nearly increased twice (920) if compared with the previous year. Moreover, the applicants ask the criminal cases concerning them or their relative’s to be just investigated in our Service’s proceedings.
The studies has shown that both victims and their relatives as well as both the accused and their defendants apply to the Special Investigation Service not taking into account the demands of legislative norms controlling the issues of investigative subordination of the investigation of criminal cases” said Vahram Shahinyan in his speech and mentioned “There is a formed principle of work in the Special Investigation Service: no any innocent functionary or an ordinary citizen under some circumstances emerged in the view of the Service shouldn’t worry, because the complete, multisided and impartial investigation is ensured in the Special Investigation Service. Only during 2015 the General Prosecutor took 81 criminal cases from the proceedings of the investigators of other investigative institutions of the country, and to ensure more complete, multisided and impartial investigation submitted their preliminary investigation to the investigators of the Special Investigation Service.”
The head of the Special Investigation Service considered the increase in the quality and effectiveness of the preliminary investigation carried out by the Service’s investigators as another core achievement of 2015.
“One of the core achievements of 2015 is the increase in the quality and effectiveness of the preliminary investigation carried out by the Service’s investigators, and, of course, to fill the Service with young but experienced investigators is pledge for it. 9 years is the average work experience of the investigators investigative work in the Special Investigation Service” said in his speech the head of the Special Investigation Service of RA V. Shahinyan and continued mentioning “While talking about the achievements of 2015, the fact of the specialized investigator’s accomplishment in the investigation of the crime types must be specifically noted. In regard to this, as a comparison I must again highlight that in any other investigative institution there are no specialized investigators examining criminal cases only instituted on the facts of tortures and crimes committed typically towards person. It’s doubtless that one of the most important pledges for qualified and effective preliminary investigation is the accomplishment of the investigation of the crimes of the mentioned nature by the specialized investigators.”
While talking about the achievements of 2015, the head of the Special Investigation Service Vahram Shahinyan also mentioned in his speech the confirmation of operative-web ties of the information centers with the service and law enforcement and other state bodies.
“Through the modern electronic connections from the information database of corresponding bodies, receiving the information needed for the investigation within counted minutes gives an opportunity to the Service's investigators to save the time and nerves and frees the state from unnecessary wasting of the state resources, instead, the saved time and resources are used to increase the quality and the effectiveness of the investigation more. The recent memorandum between the Special Investigation Service and 3 cell operators is inclined to the effectiveness of the work of the Service's investigators as well as to save the time and resources. This gives an opportunity to investigators to operatively and effectively organize the process of the documents circulation connected with the decoding of people's phone calls.'' said V. Shahinyan.
From the achievements of the last year’s, the latter also singled out done works concerning the cooperation process with the institutions conducting the functions of the Special Investigation Service of RA in different foreign countries to include the international experience in the works of the Service.
“With this aim, in 2015 the Service’s authority started meetings with the ambassadors of a set of countries having been accredited in our country, having foreign developed legal system and legislationto study the great experience of suchlike institutions and to develop the methods of the crime control and investigation, to create international ties with those institutions and to cooperate. The measures planned in this course will be continued in 2016’’ said V. Shahinyan and, highlighting the cooperation with other enforcement agencies, mentioned “I think, it must be particularly noted that in many achievements of the Service, our colleagues from the Police of RA carrying out operative-search activity and the service of national security, as well as the prosecutors carrying out a control over the legitimacy of the preliminary investigation have a great contribution.
I’m sure that in 2016 our cooperation with the mentioned enforcement agencies will be continued.”