ArmInfo. Armenian Prosecutor General Artur Davtyan urges not to doubt that an objective and comprehensive preliminary investigation will be conducted in a criminal case connected with the head of the State Control Service David Sanasaryan. Artur Davtyan stated this on April 24 in an interview with journalists.
According to Davtyan, in fact, the factual data on the case in accordance with the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code of Armenia were sufficient to bring charges against David Sanasaryan. Naturally, as the Prosecutor General pointed out, for Sanasaryan himself this means giving him a wide range of rights. "The most important thing is that he received the right to protection. Having taken advantage of this right, he has already submitted a petition, facts and data known to him," said Davtyan.
According to the Prosecutor General, at this stage, the supervisory authority has already received a petition from the lawyers of the head of the Service. The appeal refers to the removal of the charges against Sanasaryan and the cancellation of the decision to suspend his powers. In the complaint addressed to the prosecutor, the lawyers also ask for the transfer of the case, which is being processed by the National Security Service, to another body, citing the lack of trust in the National Security Service in this case. "There is data in the document that still needs to be checked," he said.
When asked whether the Prosecutor General has information about the possible "direction" of the case or that it is trumped up, Davtyan noted: "As soon as the controlling prosecutor sees such risks, the preliminary investigation body will lose the right to conduct the proceedings".
To recall, on April 18, the head of the State Control Service of Armenia David Sanasaryan was charged based on the part 1 of Article 308 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of power) of the Armenian Criminal Code. In particular, Sanasaryan is accused of using his official position contrary to the interests of the service and non-fulfillment of official duties, proceeding from his own interests, which caused substantial damage to persons, organizations or the legitimate interests of the state. "In relation to D.Sanasaryan, a preventive measure was chosen as a subscription on his own recognizance. The fulfillment of his duties as the head of the State Control Service was temporarily suspended, the Prime Minister was notified of that," the case report of the Armenian National Security Service said. Earlier, the National Security Service arrested two employees of the SCS Samvel Adyan and Gevorg Khachatryan, as well as a representative of a company connected with them. Gevorg Khachatryan was previously released on a written undertaking not to leave the country, a similar preventive measure is also awaiting Avdyan, whose arrest will end on April 25, and the court on the eve refused the National Security Service to extend the preliminary arrest. According to the NSS, the Acting Head of the Procurement Monitoring Department of the State Control Service Samvel Adyan together with the chief specialist of the same department Gevorg Khachatryan, having entered into a preliminary conspiracy, based on personal interest, contrary to the interests of the service, using his official position, during 2018-2019 illegally intervened in the procedures for the organized procurement of controlled facilities in order to purchase medical equipment necessary for the Ministry of Health of Armenia and a number of medical centers aiming to ensure victory in the announced tenders of the trade organizations sponsored by them.