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The chief investigator claimed a bribe for not instituting a criminal pursuit for using drugs
2015-03-09

The Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia has accomplished the preliminary investigation of the criminal case launched with regard to the bribe claimed by Armen Melkonyan, the former chief investigator of Arabkir Investigation Department of the Investigation Principal Administration of the Police of the Republic of Armenia.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the former chief investigator Armen Melkonyan, being an official in charge of executing the functions of the representative of the authority, with an intention of extorting money from Hakob Aghajanyan, the witness to the criminal case reviewed in his proceeding with regard to the illegal drug circulation, claimed a bribe from him in the amount of 200 thousand Armenian drams on October 2012 on the pretext of not instituting a criminal pursuit for the use of drugs which is regarded as a decriminalized act. Armen Melkonyan has been wanted for a long period of time. After he had been detected, charges were brought against him in accordance with Paragraph 1 of Part 3 of Article 311 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia.The investigator who has accomplished the preliminary investigation forwarded the criminal case along with the indictment to the prosecutor who is in charge of exercising a judicial control for the approval and referral thereof to the court.

Note: The suspect or the accused of the alleged offence is deemed innocent unless his or her innocence is proved by virtue of the effective court verdict in the manner prescribed by the Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Armenia.