• There are obvious corruption risks associated with issuance of diplomatic passports

    There are obvious corruption risks associated with issuance of diplomatic passports

    Marina Poghosyan, President of “Veles” human rights organization, says.

    On September 27, 2018, various Armenian media outlets reported that 254 people were deprived of their diplomatic passports. And how had they been granted? Whether criminal prosecution was carried out against guilty officials for issuing passports of persons who had been deprived of diplomatic passports?

    Yesterday, the president of “Veles” human rights organization Marina Poghosyan informed “Aravot” that she had applied to the Prosecutor General requesting to initiate a criminal case on this occasion.

    “The issue of our human rights organization is to fight against usury, fraud, corruption, tax avoidance, other vicious phenomena and any human rights violations. “Veles” considers it our duty to attach the Prosecutor’s Office of Armenia’s attention to the case mentioned above, as it is evident that 254 persons, who were deprived of their diplomatic passports on non-legitimate grounds, had been granted those diplomatic passports by abuse of authority by officials liable for having issued the passports. Moreover, granting passports to persons who are not eligible for diplomatic passports involves a number of corruption risks, which we believe should also become a subject of compulsory examination”.

    According to my interlocutor, as a result of having issued those passports to persons who were not entitled to be granted diplomatic passports, damage was caused to the state budget of Armenia.

    Referring to Article 308 (1) of the Criminal Code of Armenia, the human rights organization requests to subject to criminal liability those officials who had granted diplomatic passports through abuse of their official authority.

    According to the mentioned law, “abuse of official authority or duties by a state official for mercenary interests, personal, other interests or group interests, which caused essential damage to the legal interests of citizens, organizations, public or state rights (in case of property loss, the amount (value) exceeding 500 minimal salaries), is punished with a fine in the amount of 200 to 300 minimal salaries, or with deprivation of the right to hold certain posts or practice certain activities for up to five years, or with arrest for the term of two-three months, or imprisonment for the term of up to four years”.

    Prosecutor of the Department for Supervision over the Investigation of Especially Important Cases of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Armenia, A. Mnatsakanyan, in his letter of 12/26 / 15-18 of December 5, stated that the report submitted by the human rights organization was left without any response.

    “Veles” received the mentioned letter of December 5 on December 19.

    According to the human rights defender’s assessment, “Prosecutor of the Department for Supervision over the Investigation of Especially Important Cases of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Armenia, A. Mnatsakanyan responded in writing to the person having submitted the report on the crime and did not make a decision based on the crime report”.  This decision will be appealed by the organization.

    R.M., “Aravot” daily newspaper, 27.12.2018

     

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  • Avoiding taxes of 66.5 million drams: a criminal case filed on case of “Elite Group”

    Avoiding taxes of 66.5 million drams: a criminal case filed on case of “Elite Group”

    The Investigative Committee of Armenia has initiated a criminal case on the fact that Elite Group avoided maliciously paying taxes. This was based on the report submitted by “Veles” human rights NGO. The case may become a start of demolition of some major corruption “balls”. “Elite Group” closed joint-stock company (CJSC) constructs and sells residential and public elite complexes. The case initiated in the Investigative Committee of Armenia discloses definitely how the sale process takes place.

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  • The Armenian version of the “Magnitsky List”

    The Armenian version of the “Magnitsky List”

    The list includes those judges, investigators, prosecutors and other law enforcement officials who participated in cases of gross violations of fundamental human rights of people (we will refer to each case individually) and who must face justice.

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  • Diplomatic passports to those “closest” to powers

    Diplomatic passports to those “closest” to powers

    The diplomatic passport is a document awarded to high-ranking officials and families of diplomats by the Foreign Ministry of Armenia. Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia, Tigran Balayan informed recently that 254 diplomatic passports had been canceled.

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  • Taron Margaryan will return to the State Budget approximately 2 billion drams

    Taron Margaryan will return to the State Budget approximately 2 billion drams

    Ex-mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, was interrogated on the case of “Yerevan” foundation. Arthur Vanetsyan, the director of the National Security Service, informed about this during the talk with journalists in the National Assembly. He said that Taron Margaryan has a status of a witness.

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    There are obvious corruption risks associated with issuance of diplomatic passports

    There are obvious corruption risks associated with issuance of diplomatic passports

    Marina Poghosyan, President of “Veles” human rights organization, says.

    On September 27, 2018, various Armenian media outlets reported that 254 people were deprived of their diplomatic passports. And how had they been granted? Whether criminal prosecution was carried out against guilty officials for issuing passports of persons who had been deprived of diplomatic passports?

    Yesterday, the president of “Veles” human rights organization Marina Poghosyan informed “Aravot” that she had applied to the Prosecutor General requesting to initiate a criminal case on this occasion.

    “The issue of our human rights organization is to fight against usury, fraud, corruption, tax avoidance, other vicious phenomena and any human rights violations. “Veles” considers it our duty to attach the Prosecutor’s Office of Armenia’s attention to the case mentioned above, as it is evident that 254 persons, who were deprived of their diplomatic passports on non-legitimate grounds, had been granted those diplomatic passports by abuse of authority by officials liable for having issued the passports. Moreover, granting passports to persons who are not eligible for diplomatic passports involves a number of corruption risks, which we believe should also become a subject of compulsory examination”.

    According to my interlocutor, as a result of having issued those passports to persons who were not entitled to be granted diplomatic passports, damage was caused to the state budget of Armenia.

    Referring to Article 308 (1) of the Criminal Code of Armenia, the human rights organization requests to subject to criminal liability those officials who had granted diplomatic passports through abuse of their official authority.

    According to the mentioned law, “abuse of official authority or duties by a state official for mercenary interests, personal, other interests or group interests, which caused essential damage to the legal interests of citizens, organizations, public or state rights (in case of property loss, the amount (value) exceeding 500 minimal salaries), is punished with a fine in the amount of 200 to 300 minimal salaries, or with deprivation of the right to hold certain posts or practice certain activities for up to five years, or with arrest for the term of two-three months, or imprisonment for the term of up to four years”.

    Prosecutor of the Department for Supervision over the Investigation of Especially Important Cases of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Armenia, A. Mnatsakanyan, in his letter of 12/26 / 15-18 of December 5, stated that the report submitted by the human rights organization was left without any response.

    “Veles” received the mentioned letter of December 5 on December 19.

    According to the human rights defender’s assessment, “Prosecutor of the Department for Supervision over the Investigation of Especially Important Cases of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Armenia, A. Mnatsakanyan responded in writing to the person having submitted the report on the crime and did not make a decision based on the crime report”.  This decision will be appealed by the organization.

    R.M., “Aravot” daily newspaper, 27.12.2018

     

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    Avoiding taxes of 66.5 million drams: a criminal case filed on case of “Elite Group”

    Avoiding taxes of 66.5 million drams: a criminal case filed on case of “Elite Group”

    The Investigative Committee of Armenia has initiated a criminal case on the fact that Elite Group avoided maliciously paying taxes. This was based on the report submitted by “Veles” human rights NGO. The case may become a start of demolition of some major corruption “balls”. “Elite Group” closed joint-stock company (CJSC) constructs and sells residential and public elite complexes. The case initiated in the Investigative Committee of Armenia discloses definitely how the sale process takes place.

    Read more


    The Armenian version of the “Magnitsky List”

    The Armenian version of the “Magnitsky List”

    The list includes those judges, investigators, prosecutors and other law enforcement officials who participated in cases of gross violations of fundamental human rights of people (we will refer to each case individually) and who must face justice.

    Read more


    Diplomatic passports to those “closest” to powers

    Diplomatic passports to those “closest” to powers

    The diplomatic passport is a document awarded to high-ranking officials and families of diplomats by the Foreign Ministry of Armenia. Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia, Tigran Balayan informed recently that 254 diplomatic passports had been canceled.

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    Taron Margaryan will return to the State Budget approximately 2 billion drams

    Taron Margaryan will return to the State Budget approximately 2 billion drams

    Ex-mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, was interrogated on the case of “Yerevan” foundation. Arthur Vanetsyan, the director of the National Security Service, informed about this during the talk with journalists in the National Assembly. He said that Taron Margaryan has a status of a witness.

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    The Armenian Government to give two March 1st victims 24,600 Euros

    The Armenian Government to give two March 1st victims 24,600 Euros

    The European Court of Human Rights announced its decision based on the case surrounding Mushegh Saghatelyan, a protestor from the morning of March 1, 2008 on Freedom Square in Yerevan, and based on his imprisonment after showing resistance towards police officers.

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    New, important details about March 1 case

    New, important details about March 1 case

    Director of the Special Investigative Service Sasun Khachatryan has disclosed new details over the ongoing March 1 investigation.

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    When the RA Police invades your house and starts to secretly record

    When the RA Police invades your house and starts to secretly record

    The Former Deputy Chief of RA Police, Hunan Poghosyan, is well-known to the public from the events of 2016, when the patrol service regiment was captured. At that time the police remained without a permanent “mouthpiece,”

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    Special Investigative Service accepts that Armenians suffered from Robert Kocharyan’s actions, but does not recognize citizens as victims

    Special Investigative Service accepts that Armenians suffered from Robert Kocharyan’s actions, but does not recognize citizens as victims

    The “Veles” non-governmental organization received a letter from the Special Investigative Committee of Armenia (SIS), which rejected an appeal from the chairwoman of the organization, Marina Poghosyan, that she was a victim of the events of March 1st.

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    450 million AMD will be returned to the State Budget of the Republic of Armenia

    450 million AMD will be returned to the State Budget of the Republic of Armenia

    As a result of the inspections of the State Audit Service of RA 450 million drams will be returned to the State Budget of RA, out of which 210 million drams will be returned by “Lusashen” State Non-Commercial Organization (SNCO) for their 2016-2018 violations.

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    Taron Margaryan to be Interrogated by National Security Service

    Taron Margaryan to be Interrogated by National Security Service

    The head of the National Security Service, Arthur Vanetsyan, announced that the former mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, will definitely be questioned for his involvement in crimes associated with the “Yerevan” foundation.

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    UN Convention against Corruption

    UN Convention against Corruption

    The United Nations Convention against Corruption is one of several legally binding international anti-corruption agreements.

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