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Preliminary investigation of the criminal case instituted on incident of exceeding official powers, illegal turnover of narcotic drugsby the Head and Deputy Head of Police Martuni Division is over
Special Investigation Service had spread a message on the fact that by the materials prepared on the basis of the alert call of citizen Noreta E. it had been ascertained that several officials of Police Martuni Division, starting from other personal interests of not having negative indices in the territory serviced by them, had used their official position in contrary to the service interests – convinced, persuaded a citizen brought to the division on suspicion of keeping and using narcotic drugs to admit the fact of illegal keeping of a considerable amount of narcotic drug of marihuana type not belonging to him in reality.
2015-06-15

Special Investigation Service had spread a message on the fact that by the materials prepared on the basis of the alert call of citizen Noreta E. it had been ascertained that several officials of Police Martuni Division, starting from other personal interests of not having negative indices in the territory serviced by them, had used their official position in contrary to the service interests – convinced, persuaded a citizen brought to the division on suspicion of keeping and using narcotic drugs to admit the fact of illegal keeping of a considerable amount of narcotic drug of marihuana type not belonging to him in reality.

By the preliminary investigation of the criminal case investigated at RA Special Investigation Service it has been grounded that the Head of RA Police Gegharkunik  Marz Martuni Division, Police Lieutenant Colonel Vahan Margaryan within the scope of the complex republic operative-preventive event “Hemp-Poppy2014”launched on August 4, 2014, starting from the personal interest to improve the indices of the Division, by preliminary agreement with his Deputy on Immediacy Vardan Nersisyan, during the time period  from 6 to 7 of August 2014 summoned a citizen, who was convicted in the past for several times, to RA Police Division and incited him to acquire illegally from any place narcotic drug of marihuana type in considerable amount, to keep it in his pocket, to transport it, with the purpose of discovering it in the future as if as a result of the operative-intelligence measures taken by them and recording a disclosure of a case of illegal circulation of narcotic drugs.

Then the police officers persuaded the citizen to give testimonies of confession at all stages of investigation of the case, to conceal the reality from other agencies carrying out the criminal proceedings. They represented that a criminal case would be instituted on the incident, an accusation would be brought against him, then the court would convict him for illegal keeping of narcotic drugs without a purpose of realization, but they guaranteed that a punishment not related to imprisonment would be assigned.

Receiving the agreement of the citizen the Head of Police Division VahanMargaryan commissioned his deputy, Police Lieutenant Colonel Vardan  Nersisyan with the organization of planned future actions. According to the arrangement the citizen illegally obtained, kept and transported narcotic drugs of considerable amount. Then the citizen was summoned to the division where a protocol not corresponding to reality on bringing the latter to the division on suspicion of using and keeping illegal narcotic drugs was drawn up. Then in the presence of invited and not informed about the reality witnesses to the search the citizen was subjected to personal search as a result of which the narcotic drug was discovered from his pocket and a protocol on subjecting to personal search was drawn up. V. Nersisyan regularly reported on the mentioned actions and results thereof to his superior. Afterwards through RA Police division on dutyVahanMargaryan and Vardan Nersisyan submitted an operative bulletin on discovering and disclosure of narcotic drugs.

Subsequently the materials together with the confession explanation of the citizen according to subjection were sent to the Investigation Division, a criminal case was instituted and investigated on the incident, and the citizen was charged with commitment of the crime stipulated by part 1, Article 268 of RA Criminal Code, the criminal case together with the indictment was sent to the court and after being convicted to imprisonment of one year by the judgment of the Gegharkunik Marx First Instance Court of General Jurisdiction, dated October 30, 2014, the citizen was factually deprived of freedom for 4 months.

Note that by the criminal case investigated at RA Special Investigation Service both VahanMargaryan and his deputy VardanNersisyan were charged by features of part 1, Article 308 and part 1, Article 38-268 of RA Criminal Code.

The preliminary investigation of the criminal case instituted on incident of exceeding official powers and inciting obtaining, keeping and transporting illegal narcotic drugs by the Head of RA Police Gegharkunik MarzMartuni Division, Police Lieutenant Colonel VahanMargaryan and his deputy, RA Police Lieutenant Colonel VardanNersisyanis over at RA Special Investigation Service and the mentioned case together with the indictment is submitted to the prosecutor carrying out procedural supervision to confirm it and send 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.