Parliamentary Commission Must be Objective, Says ARF Deputy

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The main purpose of the Parliamentary ad hoc commission established to study the events of March 1-2 is to gather information on the matter and present an objective conclusion, head of the ARF Parliamentary Faction Artyush Shahbazian told reporters during a press conference on Monday.

According to Shahbazian, the commission must not assume the influence the legal process and can only interfere in cases of clear violations or mistakes in the process.

The commission is currently working out the logistics of its investigation and will exert all its energies to ensure that justice is served and innocent people are protected, he said.

Shahbazian explained that the investigating body has already submitted an application to the chief prosecutor’s office and Yerevan’s police agency requesting a complete update on their current investigations.

The members of the commission are scheduled to visit with arrested protestors and members of parliament, as well as with citizens and police officers wounded during the March 1 unrest.

Shahbazian also spoke about how the commission operates and explained that it has been following suggestions made by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to make decisions based on consensus.

He said that Armenia’s Human Rights Ombudsman also participates in the commission’s sessions, stated Shahbazian, adding that participation of international experts will also aid the commission’s work in a more open and unbiased way.

The special commission has sent a second round of letters inviting the Heritage parliamentary faction and Levon Ter-Petrosian to participate in its investigations. Neither has responded.

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