2019 August 9
Anti-Corruption & News from Armenia - Aug/9/2019 ::: Military officials, Mayors, Journalist charged :::: Garbage collection in Yerevan ::: Justice Ministry :: other stories
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.
Pashinyan met Russia's PM Medvedev during EAEU bloc summit. They spoke about gas, nuclear energy, the fact that in 1H19 19% more Russian tourists visited Armenia. They said nice things about EAEU.
Armenia and Kyrgyzistan signed an agreement to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion. This should improve the conditions for foreign investors, says ministers.
Grain farmers say dry weather, not enough snow during last winter, and fewer rainfalls have resulted in smaller yield this year.
Azerbaijan has found the exact location of the MiG-29 jet crash. Debris were removed. Main body is still laying on the bottom of Caspian.
Update: Telecom regulators and Karabakh Telecom negotiated to reduce cell phone roaming fees for Artsakh visitors by as much as 75% for 2020. Telecom says the price drop is from their end and that 3G has existed in Artsakh since 2013 but some regions are now getting upgraded due to increased demand.
Yesterday regulators said that Telecom, after years of keeping prices high, has finally decided to lower it, and that the network is being upgraded at a slow pace.
Swiss-Armenian investor Vartan Sirmakes co-founded a textile factory Sasstex in 3 regions.
Employees complained that they weren't paid for the work. They claimed they weren't told that a specific month's salary was going to be paid through a special contract. They ended up being paid based on the produced value instead of a fixed salary. This has resulted in 15k salary instead of 55k. One employee said she did heavy work but still wasn't paid.
Sirmakes says he isn't aware of all details. Says the factories are managed by his business partner who wants to pay salaries based on the produced value, while employees want hourly wages.
Last year BHK chief Gagik Tsarukyan got into an argument with a friend who was trying to convince Tsarukyan to help prevent his son from going to army. Argument ensued, which ended with the man being beaten and transported to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Initially, the suspects were a group of men present in the room, while the victim testified against a specific person, who was the chief bodyguard of Tsarukyan (and a future MP). The bodyguard was found guilty but didn't face jail because a later mass amnesty applied to his case.
Now, the investigators accuse the victim of lying in the police report. He will appear in court.
Justice Ministry is asking the public to comment on a new proposal to establish an institute that'll better monitor judges' ethical behavior and rate them on the scale of 1-10, well not quite, but it's an assessment body.
The expanded duties will be carried out by the Supreme Court Council, which already has some authority to punish/defend judges. To ensure transparency, human rights ombudsman and NGOs will have representatives in the institute.
Judges are expected to explain property ownership changes, disclose income, get suspended if an international court overturns the judge's verdict and gross incompetence/malice is seen in judge's overturned verdict, other anti-corruption measures.
Minimum age to become a judge could become 25 from 28, per international practice. Judges would be allowed to retire earlier and still receive a pension, so they won't feel obligated to stay in duty for the sake of money.
Justice Ministry again went into details to explain what the "LGBT law" rumors are around the Istanbul Convention (domestic abuse prevention), and why they are inaccurate.
The police is going around backyards and informing residents on how to prevent burglaries. They are suggesting some residents to notify the police if they plan to leave the residence for lengthy periods.
Investigators have found >billion Drams corruption case during North-South highway project. Several more instances of abuse were found and added to the case.
Sanitek: the city is "illegally removing" our garbage bins and didn't accept the contract offers that were made during our recent press conference.
Citiy: the mayor responded to Sanitek's press conference saying Sanitek's offers were the same rejected offers they gave a while back. As for the removed garbage bins, some belonging to Sanitek were moved to a special facility and replaced by city's own bins in areas where the city took over the garbage cleanup. Sanitek was notified about the move.
Yerevan municipality will spend additional 1.7bln on its new garbage cleaning service to purchase additional 5 sanitary trucks, 22 snow cleaners, 10 multi function cleaners, 10 garbage trucks, 3 container washers.
1,000 new garbage bins will be purchased in addition to 400 that arrived recently.
Yerevan municipality will install solar panels on 90 more apartment complex roofs. Building and backyard lighting will be replaced with energy efficient bulbs.
Former President (1999-2017) of Journalists Union Astghik Gevorgyan has been charged with forgery. She is told not to leave the country.
Investigators says Artsvanist mayor, between 2017-2018, embezzled 7mln worth water pipes that were removed after renovations. He is charged with a felony. 4.7mln recovered.
Investigators have charged Araksavan mayor of embezzling over 12mln since 2005 by registering fake employees and stealing salaries.
NSS has busted high ranking military unit officials for taking up to $15k bribe from 13 recruits to falsify their medical and other records to help them avoid military service this summer.
3 charged, 2 arrested.
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/co85gq/anticorruption_news_from_armenia_aug92019/
|2018 Daily Armenia Reports|
|2019 Daily Armenia Reports|