20 may 2022

Corruption Abuses in Law Enforcement System Detected

Corruption Abuses in Law Enforcement System Detected

The RA National Security Service, actively cooperating with the RA Anti-Corruption Committee, within the framework of consistent work in the direction of combating corruption, detected a case of demanding and receiving a bribe in an especially large amount by an official of the RA Investigative Committee.

In particular, as a result of complex operative-search measures taken on the basis of operative data obtained in the Department of Economic Security and Countering Corruption of the RA National Security Service, it was established that former investigator for especially important cases of the Abovyan Investigation Department of the Kotayk Regional Investigation Department of the RA Investigative Committee S. S. (released from work in January, 2022), an official in the state body, in the Kotayk Regional Investigation Department of the RA Investigative Committee, constantly acting as a representative of the authorities, in order to change the indictment against the accused H. A., in the criminal case pending on him, initiated on the fact of murder, on the article providing for the shortest term of imprisonment, demanded and received from the mother of the latter A.A., a bribe in an especially large amount – 40.000 USD, which is equivalent to approximately 19.400.000 AMD.

Within the framework of the same measures, it was established that S. S., during his tenure received from the father of the latter a bribe in the amount of 500 USD equivalent to about 230.000 AMD, for performing certain actions in favor of the accused in another criminal case under investigation in his proceedings.

In connection with the incident, the materials prepared in the RA NSS, in accordance with the procedure established by law, were transferred to the RA Anti-Corruption Committee, where, as a result of operative-search measures carried out within the framework of the criminal case initiated on the grounds of the elements of crime envisaged by Article 311, Part 4, Clause 2, Article 312, Part 3, Clause 1 and Article 313, Part 1 of the RA Criminal Code, persons involved in the cases described above, on 17 May, 2022 were brought to the RA Anti-Corruption Committee.

S. S. and another person involved in the case were detained. Necessary investigative measures are being taken by the preliminary investigation body in order to fully clarify the circumstances of the case.

Note: The suspect or accused of an alleged crime is considered innocent as long as his guilt is not proven in a manner prescribed by the Code of Criminal Procedure of RA - by the court decision entered into legal force.