2019 September 6
Anti-Corruption & News - Sep/6/19 :: Constitutional Court's verdict on Kocharyan's pre-trial arrest immunity :: March 1st military :: Hrazdan mayor :: Poisoning charges :: Update on stories :: Healthcare investment :: Environmental news :: Trade & Pricing stats :: other news
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.
With the help of Kotayk governor's office, investigators earlier busted Hrazdan's (now former) HHK mayor Armen Danielyan and several others, with forgery and embezzlement of state funds. Danielyan was arrested then released after returning some of the money. Today, the prosecutors decided to proceed with pressing charges. There will be a court hearing. The suspects have partially admitted guilt.
Update: 46 of Gyumri's Dvin restaurant clients had a mass food poisoning from a contaminated chicken and salad, few days ago. Felony "negligence and mass damage" charges have been filed against the manager, chef, and the chef's aide. One section of the restaurant is still closed.
Update: The investigators busted two gov-funded street traffic camera companies with embezzling >1bln. Several admins were arrested. 210mln has been recovered so far.
Update: The prosecutors earlier pressed felony charged against Ijevan mayor for the alleged employment record falsifications and embezzlement. Today he submitted his resignation.
Healthcare Ministry and the National Institute of Oncology's new administration signed a $3.5mln anti-cancer investment agreement with a foreign medical firm. Ministry will increase its expenditures in this field by 3x within the next 2 years to subsidize surgeries, radiotherapy, chemo.
Earlier, Minister Torosyan fired the Oncology Institute director, and published a letter showing how another foreign medical investor was complaining about a business shakedown practices by the former regime.
The Constitutional Court® earlier published the final portion of the verdict about a presidential immunity and arrest law that impacts Kocharyan. Today, they published the full verdict, meaning the "reasoning + final portion". The prosecutors and Kocharyan lawyers will read the full verdict to make a plan of actions.
Kocharyan lawyers decided to petition a court to remove Kocharyan's arrest.
CivilNet breaks it down. The Court found that the law was flawed in a way that would possibly allow a president to be charged and prosecuted even for things that he was allowed to do. (Court doesn't say Kocharyan acted legally in March 1st case, this is a general statement).
If I understood right, Constitutional Court also says it is up to lower courts to decide whether the president overstepped boundaries and whether he can be prosecuted despite being immune, based on the facts presented by prosecutors. Correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm not a lawyer...
"Սահմանադրական դատարանը գտել է (Constitutional Court says), որ «գործառութային անձեռնմխելիության առկայությունը (the immunity) յուրաքանչյուր դեպքում պետք է հաստատվի կամ հերքվի (can possibly be denied) քրեական վարույթն իրականացնող իրավասու մարմնի կողմից պարզված (by facts presented by prosecutors), այդ թվում՝ անձին ներկայացված մեղադրանքի հիմքում դրված փաստերի համակցությամբ (in court)"
Two of the Constitutional Court judges have 10 days to publish their special opinions. A special opinion means either the judge agrees with the final wording of the verdict but disagrees with the reasoning that led to the final verdict, or the judge disagrees with everything.
Ashot Vanyan, who served as the deputy chief of Military Police in 2008, gave an interview to media. He said his police division was tasked with securing the army's entrance to Yerevan during the 2008 incidents. From Artsakh, around 1,000 soldiers were brought with over 100 vehicles.
He said it was illegal to use the army to suppress public unrest in such a way, because that's the job of riot police and other structures. The soldiers were brought in with live ammo and rifles. Law 32 prohibits use of live ammo in such crowded situations, said Vanyan.
British citizen Steven Newton says he witnessed how Kocharyan's bodyguards killed a man who greeted Kocharyan with "Privet Rob" 18 years ago in Paplavok restaurant. He helped to break up the fight in toilet, but the man was dead 10 minutes after the incident. He then went to the Romanian embassy and wrote a witness report, but it was rejected by the court for being in English, says Steven.
Today, the prosecutors say they're investigating the statements by the witness.
After the 2001 incident, Rob's court sentenced the bodyguard to 1 year of probation.
LHK MP Armen Babajanyan, a journalist from 1in.am, has announced his resignation from LHK. He is LHK's most prominent "pro-west, anti-Russia" politician. LHK has thanked him for the membership and expects him to return the MP's mandate to LHK.
Babajanyan complained that the opposition parties, including his LHK, are too weak and aren't trying hard enough to be a better alternative for QP. "This has resulted in Serj's and Kocharyan's former criminal regimes to position themselves as the main opposition". He accused QP of inaction on certain major topics, and complained that Pashinyan made no major changes on the foreign policy direction.
3 people are in court and charged with illegally cutting and transporting 131 trees
Pashinyan held separate meetings with QP MPs, Lydian miner's admin Edward Sellers, Jermuk city residents and environmental activists. QP MP Alen Simonyan says the party's internal discussions went civil, MPs asked questions to PM and deputy-PM Avinyan, some MPs agree and some disagree on Amulsar.
Defense Ministry bought a batch of new URAL military trucks from Russia.
Azeri authorities have arrested an ethnic Armenian couple with a Russian citizenship, for taking photos in a bordering village.
Possibly related: It is a common practice for some Armenians who escaped Azerbaijan during the 80s-90s events, to want to return their home villages as foreign citizens to satisfy their nostalgia. Few months ago a Russian national was briefly arrested for taking photos because his Armenian friend asked him to take pics to see what their village looked like today.
MFA and Govt: Leaders of EAEU states, leaders of 3 other states, as well as Ministers of 20 states will participate in the upcoming WCIT-2019 tech conference in Yerevan.
MFA: Armenia begins work towards liberalization of visa regime with EU. The active stage of the process will begin in 2020, but work and negotiations are already underway to understand all the issues.
Journalist: why hasn't Pashinyan met Donald Trump yet?
MFA: There is already a dialogue between the two countries on high levels with White House and the State Department. There is no deficit in discussions. Eventually, PM and Trump could meet; that topic is on the agenda.
Russian military suffers the second fighter SU jet accident in 3 days. Earlier Su-25 jet crashed during a maneuver, killing the pilots. Today two SU-34 jets hit one another in the air during a trick.
Product prices as of July-2019 vs July-2018.
Food and non-alcohol prices up 3%. Alcohol up 4%. Clothing up 6%. Bread up 5%. Egg up 39%. Meat up 3%. Poultry up 14%. Veggies up 12%. Apple down 29%. Healthcare services up 2%. Transport and education up 1%. Telecom down 1%.
Foreign trade Stats for 1H19 vs 1H18.
Exports up 3%. Imports up 1.9%.
27% of foreign trade was with Russia, 22% with EU, 12% with China, 6% with Swiss, 4% with other former USSR states.
Exports to EAEU up 10%, with EU down 23%, with other nations up 18%.
Exports to Russia up 9%. Also up for all EAEU states except Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Exports to China up 73%, Holland up 40%, Italy up 23%, Swiss up 25%, Iraq up 25%, down for UAE, US, Belgium, Bulgaria and Germany.
Exports of precious and semiprecious stones up 39%, prepared food up 10%, handmade textile down 23%, raw mined product down 4%.
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/d0lieg/anticorruption_news_sep619_constitutional_courts/
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