Armenian Justice Minister highlights Georgia’s experience in combating mafia
YEREVAN, DECEMBER 9, ARMENPRESS. Georgia has rich experience in tackling criminal subculture, Armenian Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan said at a joint news conference with Georgian Deputy PM, Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani.
“We have a lot to learn from Georgia in this area because they have rich experience, cases that went to the European Court of Human Rights [ECHR] and the latter’s judgments, in which the ECHR has given assessments in terms of violation of the Convention, in order for us not to repeat the mistakes,” Badasyan said.
Badasyan underscored that no matter how harsh the legislative approach will be, no matter how harsh the practical fight against organized crime will be, their priority will be human rights.
“Human rights will be priority, and naturally any regulation or practice in this area that would contradict fundamental human rights will be ruled out. At the same time, a harsh struggle must be done against organized crime, and such people should not have influence in any circle of the society,” Badasyan said.
On November 19th, the Armenian parliament approved at first hearing a bill aimed at tackling the so-called phenomenon of “thieves-in-law” and related criminal subculture. Under the new law, being anyhow associated with criminal subculture will be an indictable offense.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan