30. FOICA vs. Ministry of Emergency Situation
On February 7, 2011, the Freedom of Information Center sent an information request to the RA Ministry of Emergency Situation asking to provide the following information: 1. Does the Ministry have any documents that were declassified in 2010? 2. If yes, please, provide copies of those documents.
The Ministry of Emergency Situation made a reference to the RA Special Investigatory Service, noting that the asked documents were confiscated by the SIS. But The Special investigatory Service informed the Freedom of Information Center that the copies of the confiscated documents were left in the Ministry of Emergency Situation. In other words, the Ministry of Emergency Situation is considered to be the information holder in this case. Thus, on March 29, 2011, the Freedom of Information Center once again sent an information request to the Ministry asking to provide the abovementioned information, but the FOICA's request was left unanswered. The Ministry left unanswered the FOICA's requests of May 25, 2011, and October 20, 2011 as well.
As a result, Freedom of Information Center of Armenia applied to the court asking to oblige the RA Ministry of Emergency Situation to provide the requested information within five days and to impose an administrative fine of 50,000 AMD on the Minister of Emergency Situation Armen Yeritsyan.
On May 21, 2012, the first court hearing took place, when the RA Ministry of Emergency Situation provided the whole asked information composed of 51 pages. As a result a peace agreement was signed between the FOICA and the Ministry of Emergency Situation.