ArmInfo. In the Investigation Department of the National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia, a preliminary investigation was completed with respect to 7 defendants in the criminal case under investigation on the facts of money laundering, as well as illegal acquisition, storage and transportation of ammunition. This was reported by the press center of the National Security Service of Armenia.
According to the source, the investigation found that in July 2016 citizen Samvel Babayan reliably learned that people living in the Russian Federation have a large batch of money withdrawn from cash circulation and euro banknotes filled with special paint. He undertookMeasures for their acquisition, distortion through chemical cleaning and processing of their criminal origin and further introduction into circulation in the territory of Armenia. In these operations Babayan was assisted by a resident of Yerevan Karen Kocharyan, Andranik Kocharyan, a resident of the village of Buzhakan, who has knowledge of chemistry Zhor Zakaryan. In August-September 2016 Samvel Babayan, as the first party, purchased 100 banknotes in nominal value of 50 euros, paying for them 2900 dollars. Then Karen Kocharyan organized the transportation of these banknotes from Russia to Armenia by bus with the help of Yerevan resident David Harutyunyan. However, on September 20, 2016, banknotes were discovered and seized by NSS officers in Yerevan.
As noted in the investigation of another criminal case, it became known that Samvel Babayan, planning to acquire MANPADS "Igla", promised in summer2016 Vaharshapat resident Sanasar Gabrielyan $ 50 thousand for his illegal acquisition, transportation and storage. Gabrielyan illegally acquired the complex through residents of Vagharshapat Armen Pogosyan and Hrachya Mailyana who traveled to Georgia and agreed to purchase the complex for $ 38,000 through a resident of the village of Vagharshapat RA living there. After the delivery to Armenia, Poghosyan and Gabrielyan photographed it to show Babayan. Samvel Babayan promised to pay 50 thousand dollars. On March 22, 2017, Mailyan voluntarily presented weapons to the National Security Service. On the same day after Gabrielyan's detention, Samvel Babayan tried to destroy photographs of weapons and eliminate all traces, but he was also detained. To implement a comprehensive, full and objective investigation, the above criminal cases were combined into one proceeding. Samvel Babayan charged with Part 1 of Art. 190 and Part 2 of Art. 38-235 of the RA Criminal Code. The charge of smuggling weapons was lifted. The criminal case against the indictment is sent to the prosecutor who oversees. It should be reminded that the court of general jurisdiction of Yerevan's administrative districts Kentron and Nork-Marash granted an application for a 2-month detention in respect of the former commander of the Defense Army Artsakh Samvel Babayan within the framework of the criminal case on the smuggling of MANPADS . The former commander of the Artsakh Defense Army Samvel Babayan was then charged on the grounds of Part 2 of Art. 235 and part 2 of article 235.1 of the RA Criminal Code.
The press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of Armenia reported on March 25 that Samvel Babayan, the former commander of the Artsakh Defense Army (NKR), although he does not recognize the accusations brought against him in the case of the smuggling of the Igla to the Armenia, during interrogation in the status of the suspect, together with other Held in this case by suspects, acknowledged his involvement in the illegal trafficking in ammunition and reported on the incident.