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 Friday, December 6 2019 18:24
Karina Manukyan

Makunts considers unacceptable an attempt to qualify Serzh Sargsyan`s  case as political persecution

Makunts considers unacceptable an attempt to qualify Serzh Sargsyan`s  case as political persecution

ArmInfo.  Lilit Makunts, the head of the "My Step" parliamentary faction considers it unacceptable to qualify the criminal case against former President Serzh Sargsyan  as political persecution. She stated this to reporters on December 6.

Makunts recalled that reports of two criminal cases of corruption,  which featured the names of Serzh Sargsyan and Deputy Minister of  Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia  Gevorg Loretsyan, were reported on the same day. Thus, in the fight  against corruption, everyone is equal before the law, regardless of  party affiliation.

She also noted that, contrary to the statements of the Republican  Party of Armenia, there is no political persecution against the  former president. "The criminal case was instituted on a concrete  fact," Makunts said.

The third president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, is accused of  organizing embezzlement on an especially large scale - about 500  million drams. Serzh Sargsyan was charged on the grounds of clause 1  of part 3 of Art. 38-179 of the Criminal Code of RA - an act  dangerous to society.

The matter concerns the state program approved in 2013 by the  Government on more affordable acquisition of diesel fuel for spring  agricultural work. According to the investigation, Sargsyan, having  exceeded his official authority, facilitated the purchase of diesel  fuel from Flash Ltd at higher prices.

As a preventive measure, a recognizance not to leave was taken from  Sargsyan. Investigative measures in the framework of the criminal  case are ongoing.

On December 4 this year, on suspicion of receiving bribes on an  especially large scale, Gevorg Loretsyan, his driver, and the head of  one of the football clubs operating in the Republic of Armenia, who  is also the actual head of a number of supplier companies, were  detained.

The deputy minister, in exchange for supporting the aforementioned  business entity in obtaining tenders for the purchase of sportswear  and equipment for the needs of entities subordinate to the Ministry,  with the assistance of the driver, agreed to receive a bribe in  especially large amounts.  The driver of the deputy minister was  detained immediately after the transfer of part of the funds to him  from the head of the economic entity. A criminal case has been  instituted.

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