Corruption & Bribery Cases Revealed


New charges brought against ex-president Robert Kocharyan

The Special Investigation Service (SIS) of Armenia has brought new charges against Armenia’s former president Robert Korcharyan.

The defense team of the ex-president has issued a statemen saying the new charges are under Article 311part 4 point 2 of the country’s Criminal Code which is complicity in bribery at large amounts.  The charges were opened based on an alleged report on bribery by businesswoman Silva Hambardzumyan.

To remind, Armenia’s second President Kocharyan is in custody since December 7, 2018, pending trial. He is charged with overthrowing Armenia’s constitutional order during the March 1-2, 2008 post-election events in Yerevan. Kocharyan and his lawyers strongly deny the charges as ‘politically motivated’.

Ex-president’s brother returns $18.5 million to Armenian government
/Feb 19/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Aleksandr Sargsyan, the brother of ex-president Serzh Sargsyan, has made $18.5 million payment to the Armenian government budget, Civilnet reported. It said the amount was mentioned in a response to its written inquiry sent to the office of the Prime Minister.
Speaking at a September rally in Yerevan, then acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that Aleksandr Sargsyan pledged to withdraw $30 million he kept in a local bank and return the amount to the state budget.
Pashinyan said it was the money Aleksandr Sargsyan extorted from local businesses during his brother Serzh Sargsyan’s 2008-2018 rule. He claimed that Armenian businesspeople were forced to give Aleksandr 50 percent stakes in their lucrative firms. According to Pashinyan, that was why Aleksandr Sargsyan was nicknamed ‘Sashik 50%.’
The Office of Prime Minister told Civilnet that during the investigation into criminal cases initiated against Alexander Sargsyan, the latter voluntarily donated the amount equivalent to $18.5 million to the state budget.

Armenian authorities uncover “embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funds” with FBI’s support
/Feb 19/

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 19, ARMENPRESS. Investigative Committee chief Hayk Grigoryan has held a meeting today with U.S.’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regional legal attaché assistant Matthew Boyden, the Investigative Committee said in a news release.

“During this brief period of time of activities of the Investigative Committee we have already felt the unconditional support of the U.S. partners, an individual demonstration of which is the duly legal assistance of the FBI in concrete criminal cases investigated by the Investigative Committee, including a case of embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars of state funds,” Grigoryan said.

Grigoryan also attached importance to a training program organized by the FBI earlier in 2017, which led to the creation of a direct e-communication platform between the legal assistance department of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Investigative Committee’s international inquires department. He also attached importance to visits of Armenian investigators to the FBI headquarters at the invitation of the American side, during which agreements were reached on conducting training of Armenian investigators in the U.S., which is already in stage of implementation.

Boyden thanked for the reception and congratulated Grigoryan on assuming office.

“I highly appreciate all the achievements you mentioned that we have had during our joint activity. I am sure that the developed relations will have deeper roots,” he said.

27.8 billion AMD returned to state in 2018
/Feb 20/

YEREVAN – The Prosecutor General’s Office of Armenia has examined and summed up the situation with the financial damage inflicted on the state through criminal measures and the process of its restoration for the year 2018. A total of 27.8 billion AMD (57 million USD) has been returned to the state, ARMENPRESS was informed from the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

The examination shows that the total damage to the state as for 2018 amounts to over 84.8 billion AMD (nearly 174 million USD), but the preliminary investigation of a number of criminal cases is not over yet. Measures are taken to return to the state the entire financial damage.