July 28
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YEREVAN. - The Supreme Judicial Council of Armenia on Thursday denied the decision on the motion by the Ministry of Justice to subject Judge Aleksandr Azaryan of the Criminal Court of Appeal to disciplinary action.

To note, the reason for initiating disciplinary proceedings against Judge Azaryan was the report by Special Investigation Service (SIS) chief Sasun Khachatryan submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

On the basis of launching these proceedings, the ministry had put the following statement made by Azaryan to the investigator during the court session on the case of the pretrial measure of Armen Tavadyan, the owner of 5th Channel television: "I had hoped that you would not have gone down to the level of the head of the SIS and would not have criticized the judicial act that entered into legal force."

According to the justice ministry, with these words, the judge showed disrespect to SIS chief Sasun Khachatryan, as well as to the SIS employees.

Judge Aleksandr Azaryan, however, had stated that he did not insult the head of the Special Investigation Service, and simply called it like it is.

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