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Preliminary investigation of the criminal case instituted on the fact of extortion of large amount in regard to the police major Vardan Ghukasyan and others is over
2015-04-28

In RA Special Investigation Service the preliminary investigation of the criminal case instituted on incident of organization by a former police official, police major Vardan Ghukasyanof embezzlement of another person’s property in large amount by means of extortion by preliminary agreement with citizens Hovhannes Yesayan and ArturMargaryan is over.
Recall that police major Vardan Ghukasyan was charged pursuant to points 2 and 3.1, part 2, Article 38-182 of RA Criminal Code for the fact that in August 2013 with premeditation of money embezzlement by means of extortion he organized and headed by preliminary agreementthe extortion of a sum of large amount – 1 million RA dramsfrom a tenant of a hotel complex by a group of persons – Hovhannes Yesayan and Artur Margaryan.
It has been grounded by preliminary investigation that early in August 2013 with premeditation of extorting money from the tenant of the hotel complexAstghikShakaryan, Vardan Ghukasyan commissioned his close friend Hovhannes Yesayan with shooting videos about the women regularly practicing prostitution near that complex.
Having prepared the videos, oninstruction of Vardan Ghukasyan, Hovhannes Yesayan and their friend Artur Margaryan had meetings in the same month with Astghik Shakaryan in cafes and demanded from her a sum of large amount – 1 million RA drams threatening otherwise to publish information in Internet essentially damaging the latter’s rights and lawful interests, i. e.videos on fostering others’ practicing prostitution attributed to Astghik Shakaryan.
After haggling over the amount of the sum by Astghik Shakaryan, with the consent of Vardan Ghukasyan and on his instruction Hovhannes Yesayan demanded and on August 22 and 23 received throughbank transfers 500 thousand RA drams in total.
During the preliminary investigation of the mentioned criminal case Artur Margaryan and Hovhannes Yesayan were also charged pursuant to points 2 and 3.1, part 2, Article 182 of RA Criminal Code. In the pretrial proceedings detention was chosen as a measure of restraint against Vardan Ghukasyan.
The preliminary investigation of the criminal case in RA Special Investigation Service is overand the case together with the indictment is submitted to the prosecutor carrying out procedural supervision to verify it and send 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.