February 19
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YEREVAN. – After heated and emotional debates at the special session of the Armenian parliament, the lawmakers managed to agree on the title of a decision regarding setting up an ad hoc committee to investigate the illegal wiretapping of a phone conversation.

The title of the decision reads: “On the establishment of the number of members of the committee established to study the level of protection of human rights in the country in connection with the obstruction of the administration of justice, the right to a fair trial, as well as the fact of violation of the secrecy of telephone conversations."

An ad hoc committee will be comprised of 11 deputies: five from the Republican Party of Armenia faction, three from Tsarukyan faction, two members of Yelq faction and one from ARF Dashnaktsutyun.

As reported earlier, a recording of a phone conversation between the director of Armenia’s National Security Service Arthur Vanetsyan and head of the Special Investigation Service Sasun Khachatryan appeared on the web.

During the conversation, Vanetsyan highlighted the need to imprison Kocharyan. The sides were also discussing the arrest of CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov.

On March 1 and 2, 2008, the then authorities used force against the opposition members who were rallying in downtown Yerevan, and against the results of the recent presidential election. Eight demonstrators as well as two servicemen of the internal troops were killed in the clashes. But no one had been brought to account for these deaths, to this day.

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