In line with the preliminary investigation of a criminal case which the Special Investigation Service had filed on September 11, 2015 into an official taking a large bribe, it was substantiated that National Assembly (NA) deputy Aram Harutyunyan, in his capacity as Minister of Nature Protection in 2008, had requested from a person and received—through mediation—a $14mn bribe in order to issue special licenses for the study and operation of ten non-ferrous metal ores in Syunik, Gegharkunik, Lori, and Kotayk Provinces.
Subsequently, Aram Harutyunyan committed money laundering by way of making remittances to bank accounts that were opened in other people’s names in another country.
The factual evidence obtained in this case directly prove Aram Harutyunyan's direct participation in the criminal actions and witness about commission of a crime beyond reasonable doubts. He is attributed in committing serious crimes against public service and economic activities.
A number of people involved in the commission of the crime are either his friends or people working in the state bodies headed by him or people working in the private companies.
Based on the aforementioned, RA Chief Prosecutor Arthur Davtyan has filed motions to RA National Assembly as presented by RA National Assembly Speaker to give agreement to initiate prosecution towards MP Aram Harutyunyan, as well as choosing detention as a measure of imprisonment.
13:08 December 03, 2018