During the preliminary investigation of the multi-count criminal case investigated by the RA Special Investigation Service cases of bribery in exchange for issuing driver's licenses, abuse of official powers, official falsification, as well as giving bribery by citizens and assisting in receiving bribery and mediation in bribery were revealed. Based on the combination of sufficient evidence obtained in the criminal case, 15 persons were charged, including A. Grigoryan, the inspector of Vanadzor registration-examination unit of of the “Traffic Police” service of the RA Police.
In particular, it was found within the criminal case, that in February 2020, A. Grigoryan, the traffic police inspector with his close person S. Grigoryan, resident of Gyumri city to assist him in the matter of providing driver licenses to citizens in exchange for bribes. S. Grigoryan informed his acquaintances and other people about the possibility of obtaining a driver's license for a bribe, after which a group of residents of Shirak marz personally or through a mediator, including through the director of Ani driving school D. Darbinyan, applied to S. Grigoryan in February-May 2020, to get a driver's license against a bribe, who received from them a total of 1,920,000 AMD, of which 1,020,000 AMD was transferred to the traffic police inspector A. Grigoryan.
By receiving the bribe amounts the latter abused his official powers, that is, violating the procedure established by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, he did not properly test the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of citizens who applied for the license, prompted the citizens correct test answers, and included obviously false information in protocols on taking theoretical and practical exams from the citizens, stating that allegedly the candidates had correctly answered the test questions and performed the actions mentioned in the examination protocols during the practical driving.
Thus, due to A. Grigoryan’s actions, persons, with no theoretical knowledge and practical driving skills received “B”, “B, C” category driving licenses in exchange for a bribe.
The traffic police inspector A. Grigoryan was charged with article 308, part 1 (six counts), article 311, part 2 (six counts), article 314, part 1 (six counts) of the RA Criminal Code. Taking into custody was selected as a measure of restriction against him.
S. Grigoryan was charged with article 38-311, part 2 (six counts), article 38-34-311, part 2, article 38-308, part 1, article 38-314, part 1 and article 178 part 2 point 5 of the RA Criminal Code.
Another 13 people have been charged with article 313 part 1, article 312 part 2, article 38-314 part 1, article 34-313 part 1 and article 34-312 part 2 of the RA Criminal code, for mediation of bribery, giving bribe, assisting official falsification, as well as mediation of giving bribe and an attempt to give a bribe.
By considering the evidence obtained in the criminal case against S. Grigoryan and others as sufficient to draw up an indictment and to send the case to court, the body conducting the proceedings informed the accused and their lawyers on the same, providing them with the materials of the criminal case to get acquainted with.
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.