The European Court of Human Rights decided that the Republic of Armenia must pay 2500 euros to advocate Vahe Grigoryan. The prosecution lasting since 2005 infringes his right to fair trial because 7 years is not a reasonable period for proceedings, and the state must pay 2500 euros to the advocate for infringing his right.
Vahe Grigoryan told Radio Liberty that he will make sure that the fine is compensated by those officials whose decisions infringed his rights, imposing a 2500 euro fine on Armenia.
This is a very important initiative.
The ECtHR makes a number of decisions on applications of the citizens of Armenia, and Armenia has to pay fines of thousands of euros for wrong court rulings or other decisions. Soon the amount of these fines will reach hundreds of thousands because Armenia continues to violate human rights and the citizens, not getting protection in their own country’s courts, finally apply to the ECtHR.
Hence, due to a decision by a judge, policeman, detective, prosecutor or other official the citizen of the Republic of Armenia of Armenia, the taxpayers will have to pay because the pocket of the state is the pocket of the taxpayer, the pocket of the underprivileged, poor, homeless families, hungry and sick children.
And there are so much poverty that even an assistance of 1000 euros could be of great importance to a family or a child. Instead of paying fines for a wrong decision by a government official the life of a child, their children could be saved.
Consequently, Vahe Grigoryan’s initiative, if followed up, will help compensate the damage to the state budget. It will be a precedent which will make a judge, prosecutor, any other official check the legal grounds before making a decision not to have to pay from his or her own pocket later.
If there are supporters of real reforms in the government of Armenia, they should support Veha Grigoryan’s initiative. Vahe Grigoryan’s initiative may act as an indicator for the public administration sector, at the same time being a functional and viable mechanism for improving the public administration system.