Lawyer refers to Armenian “anti-vor” amendments as pointless

Lawyer refers to Armenian “anti-vor” amendments as pointless
Tigran Atanesyan

According to Tigran Atanesyan, crime lords in Armenia do not have the impact on public life as they do in Russia or Georgia, where similar laws have already been adopted.

Adoption of the amendments to the Criminal Code of Armenia directed against “thieves in law” and criminal bosses is not necessary, lawyer Tigran Atanesyan believes, according to Panorama.am. Atanesyan believes that crime lords in Armenia do not have the impact on public life as they do in Russia or Georgia, where similar laws have already been adopted.

“Those people already constituted a threat to national security there, while we have never had that situation,” the lawyer said.

Atanesyan added that the language of the legislative drafts is vague and incomprehensible.

“It says “criminal subculture” or “highest status in the criminal hierarchy”. To me, it even sounds comical. For example, does watching The Godfather count as supporting the criminal subculture or not?” the lawyer asked.

The wordings in the bill do not explain where and how criminal subcultures are formed, what rules exist, what hierarchy, Atanesyan believes.

“If there is no clarity, the law can be no longer considered law, it does not serve its purpose. In my opinion, it is a pointless law. Say, in our country we have 10 “thieves in law”, and if we put them all to jail, the criminal situation in Armenia will not change,” the lawyer said. 

Yesterday, it was reported that the Armenian government approved amendments to the country's Criminal Code regarding the criminal prosecution of “thieves in law” and crime lords. The project was presented by the Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan and supported by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, as well as the country's Prosecutor General Artur Davtyan and Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan.


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