Prosecutor Blames Parliament for Insufficient Legislation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Our work is still far from being perfect," Armenia’s Prosecutor General Henrik Khachatrian presenting a summary of the annual report of the Prosecutor’s Office.

He noted that the system of prosecution needs drastic structural and staff reforms which is only possible through legislation. Khachatrian criticized the National Assembly which has yet to adopt laws related to the prosecutor’s office and that–according to him–"does much harm to our work."

Emphasizing that details of their annual report will be made available at an extended session on Feb. 27–Khachatrian noted that the total number of crimes decreased by one percent last year: 12,472 crimes were registered in 1996–while 12,355 were registered in 1997. According to Khachatrian–recent political events had no impact on the criminal situation: 503 crimes were reported in January 1997–while 468 were reported in January 1998. For the same period of time the number of heavy crimes dropped by 101.

Khachatrian voiced concern over the growing number of suicides: in 1995–210 people committed suicide and 139 attempted to do so; in 1996–230 committed suicide and 159 attempted to do so; and–in 1997–245 committed suicide and 148 attempted to do so. In general–about 700 cases of suicide were reported over the past three years.

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