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Special Investigation Service of Republic of Armenia
Lieutenant Colonel, Head of Police Regional Division charged
2015-05-05

On May 4, 2015 RA Special Investigation Service issued a press release on the fact that the Deputy on Immediacy of the Police Regional Division was charged by the criminal case instituted on incident of abuse of official powers.
We also noted that by the materials prepared on the basis of the caution of citizen Noreta E. it has been ascertained that several officials of the police division, starting from other personal interests of not having negative indices in the territory serviced by them, used their official position in contrary to the service interests – convinced, persuaded a citizen 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 drug of marihuana type not belonging to him in reality.
During the preliminary investigation of the mentioned criminal case the Head of Division of RA Police Regional Department, Police Lieutenant Colonel Vahan M. was charged pursuant to parts 1, Articles 308 and 38-268 of RA Criminal Code for the fact that within the scope of the complex republic operative-preventive event “Hemp-Poppy 2014” launched on August 4, 2014, starting from the personal interest to improve the indices of the Division, by preliminary agreement with his Deputy on Immediacy Vardan N., during the time period from 6 to 7 of August 2014 summoneda citizen, who was convicted in the past for several times, to RA Police Division and incited him to acquire illegally from any place narcotic drug 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. Then the police officers 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.
Receiving the citizen’s consent, the Head of Police Division Vahan M. commissioned his Deputy Vardan N. with the organization of the planned further actions. In accordance with the arrangement the citizen illegally acquired, kept with him and transported a considerable amount of narcotic drugs. After this the citizen was summoned to the Division where minutes not corresponding to the reality on bringing the latter to the Division on suspicion of illegal using and keeping of narcotic drugs were drawn up. Then, in the presence of invited and not informed about the reality witnesses to the search the citizen was subjected to personal search, as a result of which the narcotic drug was discovered from his pocket and minutes on carrying out personal search were drawn up. Vardan N. regularly reported to his superior on the mentioned actions and the results thereof. Then Vahan M. and Vardan N. submitted an operative summary on discovery and disclosure of narcotic drugs through RA Police part on duty.
Subsequently, 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 being convicted to imprisonment of 1 year by the judgement 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.