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2018 October 31

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Oct/31/2018: An arrest warrant is issued for the former March 1st investigator and other officials, for tampering evidence to hide the military's involvement in the murders.
by ar_david_hh

All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

ANOTHER ONE! The former SIS investigator Vahagn Harutyunyan, who was in charge of the original March 1st investigation, has been charged with falsification and an attempt to destroy an evidence. Several other persons, including other SIS agents and police officers, have participated in the evidence tampering.

The investigator knew that the army soldiers illegally participated and shot towards the crowd, but he took steps to hide their involvement, and later presented the shootings as a legally justified force while knowing that wasn't the case.

He's also accused of tempering with the evidence collected from the scene, abuse of power, and falsifications.

More precisely, on March 5th, when they were conducing a forensics firearm examination, he colluded with other SIS officials and a high ranking police officer to replace large quantities of bullet shells fired by the soldiers on March 1st, with bullet shells from a police department, in order to hide the evidence of army's involvement. Around 1,000 shells were replaced. The high ranking police officer, who colluded with the investigator, ordered his subordinates to go to the firing range at Getazat, Ararat and fired thousands of rounds of munitions, collect the shells and bring them to Yerevan to have them replace the shells from the crime scene.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspects. The investigator V. Harutyunyan is on the run. Reminder: he was fired from SIS on July, 2018.

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/147452

Another internal police audit reveals an embezzlement by an accountant. He is accused of stealing AMD 2mln on 2015. The funds have been recovered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG25Q7sGRFo

The modified version of the amnesty bill will enter Parliament for a voting today. 6500 people, or 22% of prisoners and most of probation servers, will receive amnesty. It is not done to reduce the burden on detention centers, because they are "under-utilized". The mass amnesty is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Republic of Armenia and the 2,800th anniversary of Yerevan. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/952824.html

... Parliament confirmed it unanimously: 72-0-0. There will be another session for this bill tomorrow. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/952835.html

The businesswoman who allegedly gave $14mln bribe to a HHK MP (former Minster of Nature Protection), has given an interview to the media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRBpxo-tj74

Goris mayor has been called to the police station to testify about a fight between him and a municipality member, which resulted in the latter receiving bodily injuries according to witnesses. The alleged victim says the reports were exaggerated and hasn't filed a report. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/147444

Public polling shows 66% view NSS favorably, Police 56%, SIS 52%. Only 4% had negative opinion about those institutions; the rest had no opinion.

83% remember Manvel Grigoryan’s arrest as the biggest crime-bust event. Kocharyan and Sargsyan scandal details were brought up by <40% of the respondents.

64% believe March 1st murder case will be solved, while the rest believes the perpetrators will get away. 80% believe NSS raids are lawful, while 10% says they are political persecutions.

40% say Armenia itself is the main guarantor of defense, 39% say its Russia, 9% NATO, 3% CSTO.

The 74% are in favor of a possible ban of sports gambling bookmakers, while 14% are against. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/952869.html

The Prime Minister’s office has reduces its car fleet by another 7 vehicles. Gives it to other ministries that faced shortages. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/952838.html

The foreign debt has been reduced by $25,5mln on September alone. http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/261748/

Armenia opens a $50mln bitcoin mining farm https://www.chepicap.com/en/news/4554/armenia-opens-50-million-bitcoin-and-ethereum-mining-farm.html

Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9t2haj/anticorruption_oct312018_an_arrest_warrant_is/

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