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.