ArmInfo. Armenia will consider ways of decriminalizing a number of crimes in the sphere of economic activity. Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan announced the corresponding instruction on November 30 at a government meeting.
The first instruction of the Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan during today's meeting of the government concerned the decriminalization of certain crimes. According to the prime minister, in February 2017, as a result of the legislative initiative submitted by the Government of Armenia, the norm stipulated in case of non-execution of mandatory payments of 2 million drams was decriminalized. Now this threshold should be raised to 4 million drams. At the same time, the grounds for bringing to criminal responsibility were clarified.
In addition, as the prime minister pointed out, as a result of conducted studies and discussions with entrepreneurs, in general, it became necessary to address the issue of decriminalization of certain economic crimes envisaged by the Criminal Code. "International best practice also shows that criminal legal developments are also taking place in this direction, proceeding from the fact that in such cases a part of the crime does not contain a high degree of risk to society, and also the availability of the opportunity to respond to these crimes through other legal mechanisms> , - said the head of government.
In this connection, Karen Karapetyan instructed the Minister of Economic Development and Investments, the Minister of Justice, and the Head of the State Revenue Committee of Armenia to develop within two months the draft of legal acts on decriminalization of crimes with a low level of public threat, which can be resolved within the administrative or civil proceedings.