22 Jan 2020 12:17

Armenian parliament broadens law enforcement's access to bank secrets

YEREVAN. Jan 22 (Interfax) - The Armenian parliament on Wednesday made amendments to the law on bank secrets, broadening law enforcement's access.

The Armenian Justice Ministry earlier said the amendments are necessary for a more effective fight against corruption, and the Scandinavian experience was used when drafting the amendments.

Justice Minister Rustam Badasyan said in parliament on Wednesday that law enforcement officials may receive access to the bank data of not only suspects or persons who stand accused in criminal cases, but also to the bank data of affiliated persons, without being subject to restrictions after adoption of the law.

Law enforcement agencies can receive bank information if they have court authorization.