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Special Investigation Service of Republic of Armenia
Police Lieutenant Colonel charged with accusation
2015-05-04

The Special Investigation Service had spread a press release on the fact that by the materials prepared in RA Police Internal Security Department on the basis of the citizen Noreta Eloyan’s caution on incident of seeming exceeding of official powers by officials a criminal case was instituted in RA Special Investigation Service pursuant to part 2, Article 308 of RA Criminal Code.
We had noted that according to the data acquired by preparation of materials, several officials of the police division, staring from another personal interest not to have negative indices in the territory serviced by them, used their official position in contrary to the service interests – convinced, persuaded a citizen, who was brought to the division on suspicion of keeping and using narcotic drugs, to admit the fact of illegal keeping of a considerable amount of narcotic drugs of marihuana type in reality not belonging to him.
During the preliminary investigation of the criminal case investigated in RA Special Investigation Service the Deputy Head on immediacy of the Division of RA Police Regional Department, Police Lieutenant Colonel Vardan N. was charged pursuant to parts 1, Articles 308 and 38-268 of RA Criminal Code for the fact that he, within the scope of the complex republic operative-preventive event “Hemp-Poppy 2014”, starting from the personal interest to represent the indices of the Division seemingly high, by preliminary agreement with the Head of the Division used his official position in contrary to service interests. Thus they summoned a citizen, who was in the past convicted for several times, to the Police Division and convinced, incited him to acquire illegally from any place narcotic drugs of marihuana type in considerable amount, to keep it in his pocket, to transport it, with the purpose of discovering it in the future as if as a result of the operative-intelligence measures taken by them and recording a disclosure of a case of illegal circulation of narcotic drugs. At the same time they persuaded the citizen to give testimonies of confession at all stages of investigation of the case, to conceal the reality from other agencies carrying out the criminal proceedings. They represented that a criminal case would be instituted on the incident, an accusation would be brought against him, then the court would convict him for illegal keeping of narcotic drugs without a purpose of realization, but they guaranteed that a punishment not related to imprisonment would be assigned.
After acquiring, keeping and transporting illegal narcotic drugs by the citizen, according to the arrangement, by organization of Vardan N. and his superior the reality was misrepresented, it was recorded as if the citizen was brought to the Police Division on suspicion of keeping narcotic drugs, and in the presence of invited witnesses to the search and other operative officers, who were in delusion, by his personal search the narcotic drug of marihuana type was discovered and seized, on which respective procedural minutes were drawn up and attached to the materials prepared in regard to the allegedly disclosed crime.
After this Vardan N. and his superior represented an operative summary on discovery and disclosure of narcotic drugs through RA Police part on duty.
The materials together with the confession explanation of the citizen according to subjection were sent to the Investigation Division, a criminal case was instituted and investigated on the incident, and the citizen was charged with commitment of the crime stipulated by part 1, Article 268 of RA Criminal Code, the criminal case together with the indictment was sent to the court and after being convicted to imprisonment of one year by the judgment of the First Instance Court of General Jurisdiction, dated October 30, 2014, the citizen was factually deprived of freedom for 4 months.
Preliminary investigation is in progress.

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.