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Karina Manukyan

SIS rejected request to cancel search for former head of  investigation team in March 1 case 

SIS rejected request to cancel search for former head of  investigation team in March 1 case 

ArmInfo. The Special Investigation Service rejected the request of the defense to cancel the search for former leader of the investigation team on March 1,  Vahagn Harutyunyan. This information is confirmed by the press  service of the SIS.

Vahagn Harutyunyan, a year ago, was prosecuted as a defendant in the  "March 1" case for falsifying evidence. The former head of the bloody  March 2008 investigation team was initially charged with falsifying  important evidence in the March 1 case in order to hide the fact that  the armed forces participated in the March 1 events. And already on  December 26, the Special Investigation Service (SIS) stated that it  had supplemented the charge and Harutyunyan was also accused of abuse  of authority, which, through negligence, led to grave consequences,  and abuse of authority associated with violence.

First, the court decided to arrest Harutyunyan, after which the Court  of Appeal quashed the decision. But already on December 30 a court of  general jurisdiction granted the application of the SIS and issued a  decision on the arrest of Harutyunyan, he was put on the wanted list.  On February 6, the Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the  trial court on the arrest of Vahagn Harutyunyan and sent the case to  the same court for a new consideration.

It should be noted that even before the case was brought as the  accused, Harutyunyan left for Moscow last summer. In January of this  year, in an interview with RFE/RL's Radio , he said that he was not  going to return to Armenia, since he had not completed treatment in  Moscow. Harutyunyan considers the charges against him trumped up,  claiming that he is being persecuted.

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