Chief Of Armenian Police Withdraws Banning Promotion Of Non-Traditio


YEREVAN, August 8. / ARKA /. Chief of Armenian Police, Vladimir
Gasparyan, has withdrawn a bill drafted to make amendments to the
Code of Administrative Offences, envisaging, particularly a ban on the
promotion of non-traditional sexual relations, the Police said today.

The text of the bill had been posted on the official website of
the Police.

“The draft law was developed by the legal department of the Police
on the basis of appeals and complaints of dozens of intellectuals,”
the agency said in a statement.

However, the Chief of Police has withdrawn the bill, “given its
shortcomings and deficiencies identified during a public discussion,
as well as because this problem is not among the priorities of the
police,” it said.

Under the bill, the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations
envisaged a penalty in the amount of from 50 to 100 minimum wages
for ordinary citizens (U.S. $122-244). The penalty for officials was
set in the amount of 100 to 150 minimum wages ($244-366s) and 200-250
minimum wages for representatives of legal entities ($488-610).

Police proposed more stringent measures against promotion of
non-traditional sexual relations through the media. The maximum
penalty was set in the amount of 300 minimum wages. -0-

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From: A. Papazian

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