2019 April 22

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Anti-Corruption Apr/22/2019: Panama Paper suspect caught by Russians.... Former police forces chief faces more charges..... March 1st victims could get compensations.... Manvel Grigoryan's 10mln bail rejected, stays in jail.... Golden Palace hotel transfer update.... other stories below =>
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

SIS (Special Investigations Service) says the Russian authorities have arrested the former MP and high ranking official Mihran Poghosyan. His deportation papers are being negotiated at the moment. His lawyer says Poghosyan currently isn't under arrest.

Poghosyan was earlier exposed by Panama Papers leaks. He is accused of using an offshore firm, combined with his official powers, to embezzle state funds on multiple instances.

Two days ago, Poghosyan made an announcement saying he is in Moscow, and personally gave his address to NSS, and was nice enough to give them his telephone number too. He wasn't arrested in Moscow, however. The arrest took place far away in the city of Petrozovodsk, Republic of Karelia (close to Finland).

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/159596 --- https://armtimes.com/hy/article/159628 --- https://hetq.am/hy/article/103029

SIS had re-opened and again finished the preliminary March 1st 2008 investigation. They sent the new findings to the prosecutors. The findings increased form 76 volumes to 80. The suspects are the former president Robert Kocharyan, former deputy defense minister and CSTO chief Yuri Khachaturov, Rob's former aide Armen Grigoryan, former chief of general staff of army Seyran Ohanyan.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/159634 --- http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/159670

Suspended SOC chief David Sanasaryan's defense team has submitted a complaint to the prosecutors and wants the abuse of power charges to be dropped. They also want the NSS to transfer the investigation to SIS.


The police says they have opened a felony investigation against the former Police Forces chief Levon Yeranosyan for allegedly instructed his son and another relative to beat a man.

Yeranosyan is currently facing another felony charge in which he is accused of illegally firing tear-gas canisters directly at protesters, without knowing how to use them or having a license to use such equipment, during the April 2018 revolution.


QP in Parliament is discussing a bill to pay compensations to the victims of March 1st 2008 violence against protesters. SIS has sent a list of 63 people who were recorded as having received physical harm. The others, who didn't undergo a recorded medical examination, will not qualify for aid. The Parliament will discuss on the size and nature of the compensation tomorrow.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/159630 ----- Mirzoyan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GQe8xAL3uQ


Parliament is discussing anti-human trafficking measures. A BHK MP wants the Social Affairs Ministry to find and shut down massage parlors that are being used as prostitution centers. Ministry says 9 parlors went through a criminal case on 2018, and 1 of them was busted as a prostitution facility.


The court has again rejected Manvel Grigoryan defense team's offer to be released under 10mln bail. He and his wife are accused of embezzling billions and illegal possession of weapons.

In a bizarre interview, Manvel's lawyer agreed with the verdict and said it would have been illegal if the court approved this particular bail.


After the revolution, the law enforcement begun examining the property/assets stolen by various representatives of the former regime.

Several individuals agreed to "donate" money or property to the state. One of the donors was the former IRS chief and his family, who own the big Golden Palace hotel in Tsakhkadzor.

State property management committee says the process of transferring the ownership to the state has entered its final stages. The hotel has stopped operating and is being financially evaluated. The evaluation is done by various ministries and will last at least a month.


Police released the surveillance video of a man burning down the car belonging to the new director of Yerevan Central parking station, after the director vowed to fight illegal activities in the facility done by Bogo, who opened an illegal hotel and was collecting fees from drivers.

The arsonist was caught. He admitted the guilt but said he wanted to burn down someone else's car. There are unconfirmed suspicions he might be related to Bogo.


Lybian interim government has passed a resolution condemning the Genocide of 1.5mln Armenians in Turkey. It mentions how the Turkish authorities rounded up and and deported hundreds of Armenian intellectuals from Constantinople, and organized death marches through the deserts.


Defense Ministry says they'll send a group of 12 peacekeepers to Syria to join the existing humanitarian team and conduct peacekeeping activities. The security personnel that is currently in Syria is tasked with protecting the humanitarian workers, medics, sappers.


Serj Sargsyan gave a short interview to a small circle of friends and his friendly media outlets. Says he recently met dozens of young people who joined HHK and will be the youth arm of the party. Says they want him to return to politics. The meeting ended with selfies. Today marks the 1st anniversary of Serj's resignation.


--- https://168.am/2019/04/22/1112775.html ----- Better audio https://news.am/arm/news/508670.html

Collateral Damage.

European countries have been deporting a lot more Armenian migrants and asylum seekers back to Armenia, citing the fact that the country is safe, isn't in wars, and its human rights are in a good standing. The deportations doubled last year compared to 2016. Analyst says especially after the 2018 revolution and improvements of Armenia's safety and democracy image, the French and German authorities begun to take the Armenian asylum claims with suspicion.


(thanks a lot nikol....)

Pashinyan spoke at Yerevan State University. Said the government is working to help Armenian companies to enter the international stock market system, and to develop the stock market in Armenia.

Said the plan to lower the income taxes to 20% is being worked on, and it is the same as giving workers a salary rise.

He also spoke about the need for having a high paying tech industry that'll eventually replace the mining industry as the largest business sector/taxpayer.

He encouraged students to learn 3 languages and obtain some form of work experience while in the university.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/159635 --- https://factor.am/143992.html

Parliament Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan shares the concerns that BHK might have been using its political power to benefit its chief Gagik Tsarukyan's cement business, during last week's heated debate in which BHK wanted more protectionist laws to limit competition by Iranian imports.

Mirzoyan disagrees that Tsarukyan only attends Parliament sessions that are directly about his businesses.



Mirzoyan says he finally paid the parking ticket which was left unpaid for a lengthy period, which resulted in the bank freezing his ability to take loans, which prevented him from buying a TV. Says he ended up paying for the TV all upfront - without a loan.


English: Assyrians in Armenia


The leader of the main Turkish secular opposition party CHP has been attacked by the ruling party's radical supporters. He went to a region to pay tributes to a fallen soldier. The mob accused him of colluding with Kurds before attacking him. The ruling AKP party has condemned the attack. AKP has been calling Kurdish party "pro-terrorist" and labeling other secular parties as "allies of terrorists", which the critics say is responsible for the atmosphere of violence.


Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/bg72g8/anticorruption_apr222019_panama_paper_suspect/

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