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Seyran Ohanyan attracted as a suspect with the suspicion to waste in especially large amount
2020-03-02

Within the framework of the criminal case under investigated in the RA Special Investigation Service, Seyran Ohanyan the former Minister of Defence of RA has been attracted as a suspect under Article 179 (part 3, point 1) of the RA Criminal Code with the suspicion of committing waste of property in the especially large amount of AMD 1,046,400,000.

According to the actual data obtained in the criminal case, by the draft of a confidential decision of the Government of RA developed by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia in 2010 without complying with a number of requirements of the law, in particular without mandatory valuation of property, it was proposed to allow the Ministry of Defense of RA, as the body authorised to manage the state owned shares of “Dzora HES” CJSC to approve the alienation of the company's property in the amount of 3,600,000,000 AMD to “Dzoraget Hydro” LLC.

Then, on December 16, 2010, a confidential letter was made on behalf of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan on the delivery of the draft decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, which by the order of Seyran Ohanyan was on the same day sent to the Staff of the Government.

The draft decision was in a private procedure discussed in the session of the Government of the Republic of Armenia and on the basis of property purchase and sale agreement adopted by a decision dated 16.12.2010 the state-owned property of “Dzora HES” CJSC subject to mandatory evaluation of AMD 4,646,400,000 market value, was without proper appraisal sold to “Dzoraget Hydro” LLC at the value less by AMD 1,046,400,000.

Recognizance not to leave was selected as a measure of restriction with regard to Seyran Ohanyan.

The preliminary investigation on the criminal case is underway. Measures are being taken to find out the full range of people involved in the crime.

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.