By combination of sufficient evidence obtained during the preliminary investigation of criminal case investigated in the RA Special Investigation Service, it was justified that V. M. and A.D. assisted Aram Harutyunyan, the former Minister of RA Nature protection, in taking bribe in especially large amount, and V.M. also legalized the illegally obtained funds.
Particularly, according to the brought charge V. M. was for a long time in close relations with Aram Harutyunyan, and in the beginning of 2008 he informed that the latter requested from a businesswoman S.H. a bribe in especially large amount of 4.2 billion AMD equivalent 14 million USD, and got the opportunity to receive a part of the bribe through bank transfer in United Arab Emirates.
With the intention to assist receiving the bribe by Aram Harutyunyan, V.M. delivered the information on the bank account opened on his name in the UAE, and other details to him, and thus passed the means to Aram Harutyunyan to receive a part of the bribe in the amount of 8 million AMD.
Then, according to the agreement, upon the recommendation of businesswoman S.H. an Arabian company registered in the UAE, on February 7, 2008 transferred 8 million USD to the bank account of RA citizen A.D. permanently residing in the UAE, opened with Abu Dhabi National Bank for the purpose of assisting an official to receive a bribe; after which A.D. transferred 9.499.030 UAE dirhams equivalent AMD 797.918.520 and 9.156.250 UAE dirhams equivalent AMD 769.125.000 to Aram Harutyunyan’s close persons, including account of V.M.
After that V.M. and Aram Harutyunyan’s other close persons cashed in a part of amounts transferred on their bank accounts, managed them upon the instruction of A. Harutyunyan, and the other part was transferred to his account held in the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.
In his turn, V.M., in order to hide the source of origin, mislead and legalize illegally obtained funds, subject of bribe, transferred on his account, upon the recommendation of Aram Harutyunyan, on March 23, 2011 transferred on the account of an international company in the Swiss Confederation. Aram Harutyunyan, in his turn, transferred the illegally obtained money on the same bank account, and organized periodic transfers from the said account to the account of a company running business in the RA owned by a person in close relations with him.
For the commitment of the above mentioned offences V.M. was brought charge under article 38-311 (part 4, point 2) and article 190 (part 3, point 1) of the RA Criminal Code, and A.D. was brought charge under article 38-311 (part 4, point 2) of the RA Criminal Code. Taking into custody was selected as a measure of restriction with regard to V.M.
Preliminary investigation on the part separated from the criminal case with regard to V.M. and A.D. is over. The case was sent with indictment to the prosecutor conducting control, with the motion to send it 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