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THIRD READING

LAW

OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

ON THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

CHAPTER 1

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1. The Subject of Regulation of the Law

This law shall define the legal and organizational framework of the fight against terrorism in the Republic of Armenia and regulate the relations relating to the conduct of the fight against terrorism.

Article 2. Goals of the Fight against Terrorism

The organization of the fight against terrorism in the Republic of Armenia shall aim at:

Article 3. Legal Framework of the Fight against Terrorism

The legal framework of the fight against terrorism shall be comprised of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, criminal, criminal proceedings and civil codes, this law, other laws and normative legal acts as well as the international treaties of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 4. Main Principles of the Fight against Terrorism

The main principles of the fight against terrorism shall be:

Article 5. Main Concepts Used in the Law

The following main concepts shall be used in this law:

Article 6. International Cooperation of the Republic of Armenia in the Area of the Fight against Terrorism

In the area of the fight against terrorism the Republic of Armenia has been cooperating with foreign countries, as well as international organizations fighting against terrorism on the basis of the international treaties of the Republic of Armenia.

CHAPTER 2

ORGANIZATION OF THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

Article 7. Bodies Conducting the Fight against terrorism

The fight against terrorism shall be conducted by the state bodies authorized by the Government of the Republic of Armenia within the power granted to them by the law.

The entities immediately responsible for conducting the fight against terrorism shall be:

Other republican bodies of the executive power shall, within the power granted by the law, take part in the fight against terrorism.

Article 8. The Operational Headquarters of an Anti-terrorist Operation

In order to coordinate the activities of the entities immediately responsible for the fight against terrorism and other republican bodies of the executive power the President of the Republic of Armenia may, upon necessity, establish an operational headquarters of an anti-terrorist operation with the heads of the state bodies listed in Article 7 of this law ex officio included in it.

The operational headquarters of an anti-terrorist operation may also include other heads of the republican bodies of the executive power.

The President of the Republic of Armenia shall be responsible for the general command of the anti-terrorist operational headquarters, while the head of the headquarters shall be in charge of the immediate command.

In view of the nature of the measures to be taken against the act of terrorism one of the heads of the republican executive bodies listed in Article 7 of this law shall be appointed head of the headquarters in each special case.

Article 9. Main Functions of the Bodies Conducting the Fight against Terrorism

The state bodies conducting the fight against terrorism shall within the power granted to them:

Article 10. Assistance to the Bodies Conducting the Fight against Terrorism

The bodies of public administration and local self-government, citizens of and organizations (irrespective of their organizational and legal form as well as form of ownership) in the Republic of Armenia shall be obliged to show assistance to the bodies conducting the fight against terrorism in the process when the latter discharge their responsibilities.

CHAPTER 3

CONDUCT OF ANTI-TERRORIST OPERATIONS

Article 11. Forces and Means Used when Conducting Anti-terrorist Operations

The anti-terrorist operations shall be conducted by the state bodies authorized by the Government of the Republic of Armenia with the involvement of special services and their subdivisions specialized in the fight against terrorism, including the anti-terrorist battalions.

Whilst conducting anti-terrorist operationss different means, including the means of transport, communications and other material and technical means shall be used.

Article 12. Legal Regime of the Zone of Conduct of an Anti-terrorist Operation

The persons conducting anti-terrorist operations in the zone of conduct of anti-terrorist operations shall be entitled to:

Article 13. Conduct of Negotiations with Terrorists

With the purposes of protection of the life and health of the citizens, preservation of the material values, as well as analysis of the possibility to prevent an act of terrorism without the application of force whilst conducting anti-terrorist operations it shall be allowed to conduct negotiations with the terrorists.

The negotiations with terrorists shall be conducted by the person(s) authorized by the head of the operational headquarters of the fight against terrorism or the official immediately in charge of the anti-terrorist operation.

The conduct of negotiations with terrorists may not be deemed grounds or condition for releasing the terrorists from responsibility.

Article 14. Restriction of Information on the Anti-terrorist Operation

Prohibited shall be the dissemination of such information on anti-terrorist operation that:

Article 15. Termination of the Anti-terrorist Operation

The anti-terrorist operation shall be deemed terminated when the act of terrorism is prevented (obstructed) and the danger menacing to the life and health of citizens in the zone of conduct of an anti-terrorist operation is eliminated.

CHAPTER 4

COMPENSATION OF DAMAGE CAUSED BY AN ACT OF TERRORISM AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION OF PERSONS SUFFERED FROM AN ACT OF TERRORISM

Article 16. Compensation of the Damage Caused by an Act of Terrorism

The damage caused to natural and legal persons as a result of an act of terrorism shall be compensated at the expense of the budget resources of the Republic of Armenia in the amount and in conformity with the procedures established by the civil legislation of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 17. Social Rehabilitation of the Persons Suffered from an Act of Terrorism

The services directed at the social rehabilitation of the persons having suffered from an act of terrorism shall be delivered at the expense of the budget resources of the Republic of Armenia.

The procedure for showing legal, psychological, medical and other assistance to the aforementioned persons shall be defined by the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

CHAPTER 5

LEGAL AND SOCIAL PROTECTION OF THE PERSONS HAVING PARTICIPATED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

Article 18. Legal Protection Guarantees of the Persons Having Participated in the Fight against Terrorism

The acts committed by the officials and employees of the state bodies conducting the fight against terrorism, as well as the persons assisting them while performing their official duties within the scope of legitimacy and directed at the protection of the life and health of citizens and their constitutional rights and lawful interests, as well as ensuring the public and state security against criminal infringements, shall not be deemed offences.

The acts committed in conformity with the norms regulating the operations related to the fight against terrorism and stipulated in the legislation of the Republic of Armenia, which have been committed within the scope of the official duties and with the purpose to pay the public debt, and are directed at the protection of the rights and lawful interests of the citizens, as well as the prevention of the significant damage to the public and state security, provided there have been no other possibility to perform the official duties or pay the public debt, shall be deemed within the scope of legitimacy.

Whilst conducting an anti-terrorist operation and within the limits and scopes permitted by the law, it shall be allowed to cause enforced damage to the life, health and property as well as other protected interests to the terrorists.

The persons having participated in the fight against terrorism shall be released from responsibility for the damage caused when conducting an anti-terrorist operation in conformity with the legislation of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 19. Social Protection Guarantees for the Persons Having Participated in the Fight against Terrorism

The social protection of the employees of the state bodies conducting the fight against terrorism, their families and the persons showing assistance to the state bodies conducting the fight against terrorism shall be ensured in conformity with the procedures stipulated in the legislation of the Republic of Armenia.

CHAPTER 6

LEGITIMACY OVERSIGHT OF THE CONDUCT OF THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

Article 20. Oversight of the Conduct of the Fight against Terrorism

The conduct of the fight against terrorism shall be overseen in conformity with the procedure stipulated in the legislation of the Republic of Armenia.

CHAPTER 7

FINAL PROVISION

Article 21. Entering into Force of the Law

This law shall enter into force on the next day following the official publication thereof.

NA Deputies:

H. Karapetyan

L. Mkrtchyan

M. Shahgeldyan

G. Sahakyan