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Preliminary Investigation on Criminal Case with regard to the Bribery and Abuse of official position by Officials of the Detention facility is over
2019-12-02

Based on the combination of sufficient evidence obtained on criminal case investigated in the RA Special Investigation Service, it was found that the officials of the Vanadzor Detention facility of the RA MJ  received a bribe and abused their official authority in violation of their official position against interests of the service, causing damage to the legitimate interests of the state.

According to the charge, while occupying the position of the head of Vanadzor Detention facility of the RA MJ  since February 23, 2018, Artak Hovhannisyan required from the convicted person having a reputation among other convicts serving sentence in the detention facility, and received through the friend of the latter a bribe in large amount of  725.740 AMD equivalent USD 1.500, for performing obvious illegal actions and inaction;  as well as abused his official position from mercenary motives by means of using the official position against interests of the service and failing to perform his duties, in particular upon the instruction of A. Hovhannisyan the officers of the detention facility did not close the cells of the convicted bribe- giver and his sponsors, neither took action to seize mobile phones and other prohibited items, which they illegally kept and in some cases conducted formal cell searches.

Besides, the preliminary investigation of the criminal case also revealed that Artyom Asryan, specialist of security division at Vanadzor detention facility committed unlawful acts in exchange for the bribe he received from a convicted person at the same detention facility: he privately took prohibited items to the regime zone of the detention facility and handed over to the convict. Moreover, part of the bribe was transferred to the officer of the DF via electronic payment system.

It was also found out that Artyom Asryan, accepting USD 100 bribe offer from the same convict for allegedly committing illegal acts in his favor, took prohibited items, including mobile phone to the regime zone of the detention facility and handed over to the convict.

Besides, Artyom Asryan deliberately failed to perform his official duties for a long time, in particular, knowing that the convicted prisoner had obtained and kept prohibited items, including a mobile phone, and telephone card in violation of internal regulations, had not taken any action in order to discover, take and report the incident to the superior.

For the commitment of above mentioned offences Artak Hovhannisyan is charged with  article 311 (part 3, point 3) and article 308 (part 1) of the RA Criminal Code; Artyom Asryan is charged with article 311 (part 2) 2 episodes, and article 308 (part 1) of the RA Criminal Code.

Preliminary investigation on the criminal case with regard to A. Hovhannisyan and A. Asryan is over. The case with the indictment was sent to the prosecutor performing control, in order to send t 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