By the proof obtained during the preliminary investigation of the criminal case investigafted in the RA Special Investigation division it was justified that Arsen Arzumanyan, the head of Kotayk division of the Kotayk marz department of RA Police by abusing his official powers prevented legal professional activities of Tirayr Muradyan, the journalist of “Union of Informed Citizens” Public Organization.
Thus, on April 20, 2018 at around 11:00, a number of citizens made mass street actions at the territory near the post of Traffic Police Service RA Police on Yerevan – Sevan highway, during which they blocked the traffic part of the said road. Officers of Kotayk division of Kotayk marz department of RA Police headed by Arsen Arzumanyan, the head of the division, Police Colonel, arrived to the mentioned place to assure public order and safety.
Together with the representatives of other mass media, journalist Tirayr Muradyan, having press ID (which was visible), was live covering the process of activities of citizens and police officers by his mobile phone.
That time Arsen Arzumanyan, by abusing his official position, having intend to prevent the legal professional activities of a journalist approached to T. Muradyan and tried to take the mobile phone of the latter, then instructed his officers to remove T. Muradyan from the area. Facing fair indignation of T. Muradyan, and ignoring the representations of the latter on being journalist, as well as that a journalist didn’t demonstrate undue behaviour while performing his duties A. Arzumanyan together with the other officers enforced T. Muradyan into “Mercedes Benz” model car and took away.
With his operations Police Colonel A. Arzumanyan prevented Tirayr Muradyan’s legal professional activities, for which was charged under part 2 of article 164 of the RA Criminal Code.
The preliminary investigation on the criminal case with regard to A. Arzumanyan is over. The case with the indictment was sent to the prosecutor performing judicial control for approval and delivery to the court.
Notification: a person that is suspected or accused of an alleged crime, is considered innocent until his/her guilt is proved by a court judgement that has come into legal effect pursuant to the procedure determined by RA Criminal Procedure Code