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Charge brought to Aram Barseghyan
2019-08-15

Taking into account the recent announcements unreasonably distributed by independent users of social networks regarding allegedly political repression of Aram Barseghyan, as related to the criminal case investigated in the RA Special Investigation Service on the case of theft of  funds in large and especially large amount from the RA state budget by Aram Barseghyan, the driver and the assistant of Armen Ashotyan, the former Minister of RA Education and Science, and others, as well as emphasizing the right of the public to get impartial and complete information, we deem it necessary to inform the following: 

Aram Barseghyan, arrested within the mentioned criminal case investigated in the RA Special Investigation Service,  was on August 15, 2019 brought charge under article 38-179 (point 2, part 2) (2 episodes) of the RA Criminal Code, and article 38-179 (part 3, point 1) of the RA Criminal Code, for while holding the position of the driver of Armen Ashotyan, the RA Minister of Education and Science and then the position of his assistant over 2009-2016, using his official position and influence and relations resulted therefrom,  in 2009-2016 illegally executed himself  as a watcher and a worker in the “Yerevan state Armenian-Greek college of tourism, service and food industry” SNCO; in 2011-2016 as a driver in the “Kotayk Regional State College” SNCO of the RA Ministry of Education and Science; and in March 2016, after resignation of A. Ashotyan, and with the motion of the latter he was registered as a driver in the “Armenian State University of Economics” SNCO, in 2016-2017.

Being registered in the above mentioned positions during 2009-2017 A. Barseghyan had never attended the workplace, and went on performing the duties of the assistant and the driver of A. Ashotyan, received 8.734.118 AMD in total, thus assisting   misappropriation of large and especially large amounts by the heads of the mentioned SNCO-s distributed from the RA State budget.

Aram Barseghyan fully plead the guilty to the brought charge, confessed the offence committed by him, repented of what he had done, fully recovered the material loss caused to the state.

Taking into account the abovementioned circumstances, the body of proceeding concluded that there are no grounds for applying arrest as a measure of restriction with regard to the accused, hence Aram Barseghyan was released and recognizance not to leave was selected as a measure of restriction with regard to him.

The preliminary investigation is underway. Measures are taken to ascertain the full scope of the persons involved in the commitment of the offences.

The Special Investigation Service calls to refrain from vicious practice of distributing irresponsible, politically motivated announcement related with criminal cases, through social networks and mass media.

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