ArmInfo. Armenian Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan was surprised by the reaction of a number of citizens regarding the criminal prosecution of the 3rd President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan. Pashinyan said this on December 9 at the expert forum "Combating corruption for the Sustainable Development Goals".
"A few days ago, Serzh Sargsyan was charged with a corruption case, and I was surprised by some responses that say: it's funny that Serzh Sargsyan was charged with abuse of 400 million drams. I understand that there are people in the republic who represent the fight against corruption in in the form of a concert at the request of viewers, when it is said that an application has been received from the government or the prime minister, I ask you to initiate a criminal case against Serzh Sargsyan within 400 million drams. ask: why did I order a 400 millionth, say, rather than a four billionth business. Incidentally, corruption thinking and this perception of the fight against corruption are a continuation of each other. That is, in fact, we are dealing with the same origin as is perceived the fight against corruption and how the need to fight corruption is perceived, "he said.
Recall that 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. We are talking about 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 6, the defense side of Serzh Sargsyan appealed against the decision of the Special Investigation Service on his criminal prosecution. A corresponding complaint was received by the General Prosecutor's Office of Armenia.