Monday, August 19 2019 13:39
Marianna Mkrtchyan

1,462 trees were illegally cut down in the "Stepanavan Forestry" from  2016 to 2018

1,462 trees were illegally cut down in the "Stepanavan Forestry" from  2016 to 2018

ArmInfo.. As part of the case of illegal tree felling in the "Hayantar" state-owned non-commercial organization (SNCO) "Stepanavan Forestry" it was found out that from  2016 to 2018, the employees of this forestry illegally cut down about  1,462 trees, amounting to 102.329.250 drams.

According to the press service of the Investigative Service, it was  revealed that persons involved in the purchase and sale of wood in  the city of Stepanavan and surrounding villages, turned to the  forester with a request to supply them with wood for a bribe. After  that, the forester delivered wood to these persons for a bribe, also  having entered into a conspiracy with foresters and the director of  Stepanavan Forestry SNCO, giving them part of the bribe.

It was also revealed that in order to conceal the fact of illegal  tree felling, the directors of SNCO and foresters, abused their  official position, falsified documents, gave bribes and carried out  other official crimes.

16 people have been involved in this case as offenders: two of them  are directors of Stepanavan Forestry SNCO, three foresters, three  woodmen, three SNCO employees, and five people involved in illegal  tree felling. During the preliminary investigation, the damage caused  to the state was partially compensated.  The case was sent to the  General Prosecutor's Office of Armenia.

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