The preliminary investigation of the criminal case reviewed in the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia revealed that the Investigator of the Especially Important Cases of the 2nd Garrison Investigation Department of the Military Investigation Principal Administration of the Investigation Committee of the Republic of Armenia Shahen Hayrapetyan for business purposes was informed that the investigator of the same department brought charges against contractual serviceman and non-commissioned officer Narek Avanesyan, who was his acquaintance, for the commission of the crime reviewed in his proceeding as provided for by Part 1 of Article 359 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia.
After the criminal case along with the indictment had been sent, Narek Avanesyan applied to Shahen Hayrapetyan for assisting him in finding a defense attorney for him. By committing fraudulent acts and abusing the trust, as well as with an intention of stealing other people’s property and using his employment-related powers and making use of N.Avanesyan’s trust for him, Shahen Hayrapetyan by way of persuasion and proposal urged him to give a bribe through him to the prosecutor of N. 2 Garrison Prosecutor’s Office of the Military Prosecutor’s Office who was defending the accusation in the court in the amount of 2 thousand USD for not carrying the punishment or non-application of the punishment on unconditional basis for the crime committed. Narek Avanesyan agreed to do so.
Shahen Hayrapetyan, having accomplished his criminal intention and initially not having any intention to transfer the bribe amount to the prosecutor or another official, on October 7, 2014 in his own office he received a large amount of bribe from Narek Avanesyan in the sum of 800.000 Armenian drams and stole it by fraudulent means and at the same time he urged N.Avanesyan to give a bribe.
Charges were brought against Shahen Hayrapetyan in the Special Investigation Service in accordance with Paragraphs 1.1, 2 of Part 2 of Article 178 and Part 2 of Articles 38-34-312 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia and Narek Avanesyan was charged in accordance with Part 2 of Article 34-312 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia.
An arrest as a measure of restraint has been determined in respect of Shahen Hayrapetyan in a pre-trial proceeding. The Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia has accomplished the preliminary investigation of the criminal case and the case along with the indictment was transferred to the prosecutor in charge of exercising a judicial control for the approval and referral thereof 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.