ArmInfo. The court of general jurisdiction of Gegharkunik region of Armenia, chaired by Judge Vardan Harutyunyan, on April 18 ruled to change the preventive measure against Vahagn Manukyan, accused under three articles of the RA Criminal Code. The latter was released from the courtroom before the sentencing of the case.
The defendant was released on bail by the MPs of the National Assembly Taguhi Tomvasyan from the faction of the My Step bloc and Soghomon Soghomonyan from the Prosperous Armenia faction. To note, Manukyan was charged at once under three articles of the RA Criminal Code. One of these crimes is particularly serious. Manukyan is charged under articles 34-104 (attempted murder), 34-177 (attempted theft) and 235 (Illegal acquisition, sale, possession, transportation or carrying of weapons, ammunition, explosives or explosive devices).
The prosecutor Vardan Lazaryan spoke against this petition, noting that the risks that had led to the arrest of Manukyan did not disappear. In turn, lawyer Yervand Varosyan also spoke out against the petition, noting that this is an "artificial process." The lawyer also noted that the petition of MPs is completely identical, therefore, it is an artificial process, and the petition must be rejected.
In an interview with reporters, when asked by ArmInfo's correspondent about how a lawyer of GeoProMining Gold LLC Yervand Varosyan regards this court decision, a lawyer said that such a decision was beyond his understanding. "The court issued an illegal decision. I will appeal against this decision in a higher instance. For me, the position of the MPs of the National Assembly was also a surprise. Indeed, they noted that one of them came to court on the basis of distant kinship, and the other on the basis of a letter. It was also very unexpected that the court submitted to their will, I say so, because the court recently rejected a lawyer's request, "Varosyan stressed.
He also stated that there was no justification for changing the preventive measure. "Manukyan is charged with a particularly serious crime (Attempt to kill - Ed. note) In addition, Manukyan opened automatic fire on the security officers of GeoProMining Gold LLC, as a result of which one of the guards received 3 gunshot wounds. Moreover, this position of the MPs is green light for all those who also want to rob the mine. Thus, the MPs, as it were, say: "You can rob as much as you like, we are on your side." Moreover, in this way, the state, in the person of the MPs, expresses its position towards the subject, "Varosyan stressed. The lawyer also stressed that, on the part of the evidence, the charges against Manukyan are fully substantiated. Since Manukyan himself admitted the fact that he was in the field with weapons.
It is also noteworthy that one of the MPs, Soghomon Sogomoyanan, arrived in court with a delay, for which the lawyer of GeoProMining Gold LLC stated: "How can a person who cannot vouch for himself arriving at a court on time can vouch for another person?". In turn, MP Taguhi Tovmasyan stressed that she is a member of the Commission on Human Rights, and for her they are in the first place. "I don't want to go deep into the essence of the accusation. I simply vouch for the fact that until the sentence is passed, Manukyan will not interfere with the investigation and will not try to avoid responsibility. I trust this family, "Tovmasyan stressed. In turn, the MP from the "Prosperous Armenia" Soghomon Soghomonyan said that the case was fabricated.
"Naturally, I had previously studied the case materials, and I am sure that Manukyan did not shoot, there is no evidence. Moreover, I am sure that the case was fabricated," Soghomonyan stressed. Asked by the correspondent of ArmInfo, whether the MP is familiar with the defendant, Soghomonyan said he is not familiar. "But I know his family, this is a very good, traditional family." As for whether the MP is not afraid that Manukyan will try to hinder the investigation or hide, after which Soghomonyan himself, as a person who vouched for him, will have to be brought to court, the latter said: "I am sure that he will not do Moreover, look at what wonderful children he has. Do you really think that their father may try to avoid responsibility ", theMPconcluded. To note, according to the indictment, in 2016, Manukyan, by prior agreement with Armen Grigoryan, with the assistance of Manvel Melikyan with the aim of stealing a significant amount of gold-bearing raw materials, penetrated the territory of the Sotk deposit, developed by GeoProMining Gold. To note, Grigoryan and Melikyan were pardoned in November 2018. The security officers of the field called the police, after which, when confronted by a law enforcement officer, the robbers threw bags of raw materials, and Manukyan opened automatic fire at the police officers and tried to escape. However, one of the security service officers rushed after Manukyan and stopped him, as a result, this man received 3 gunshot wounds. To recall, on November 1, 2018, the National Assembly of Armenia adopted a draft law on the declaration of an amnesty, in connection with the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan and the 100th anniversary of the First Republic. On November 3, the bill was signed by Armenian President Armen Sarkissian.