According to Armenian News-NEWS.am, judges of the Constitutional Court of Armenia Hrayr Tovmasyan and Arevik Petrosyan have gone to work on August 7 after being on leave. According to our sources, the period of leave of Hrayr Tovmasyan is over, and Arevik Petrosyan interrupted her leave and returned.
Earlier, Armenian News-NEWS.am had reported that on July 23 acting President of the Constitutional Court Ashot Khachatryan had signed an executive order to call judge of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan and Arevik Petrosyan back from leave. On August 3, Arevik Petrosyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am that she hadn’t received an executive order to be called back from her annual leave by mail or any other means, and on August 5, Hrayr Tovmasyan told another media outlet that he hadn’t received the executive order from Ashot Khachatryan.
Tovmasyan and Petrosyan had been on leave since June 25, and there hadn’t been quorum for the Constitutional Court to hold sessions, after which Khachatryan had decided to call the judges back.
Due to the disputed amendments to the Constitution, Tovmasyan was dismissed from the post of President of the Constitutional Court, and the powers of judges of the Constitutional Court Hrant Nazaryan, Alvina Gyulumyan and Felix Tokhyan had been discontinued early. However, the judges claim that the constitutional amendments were made by violation of the law and had filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights in early July.