ArmInfo.Current owner of the R & V Comfort construction company Ruben Shahmuradyan has appropriated the business of an Armenian-born entrepreneur Hrant Khartuni by forging the signature in a fictitious contract for the sale of property owned by Khartuni. At a press conference today former owner of the company, Hrant Khartuni told about the circumstances under which this corruption deal was committed.
It should be noted that today Ruben Shahmuradyan is a member of the Council of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia and the owner of the construction company R & V Comfort, which is one of the 100 largest enterprises in Armenia. In 2016, his son Karen Shahmuradyan was a lawmaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia from the ARF "Dashnaktsutyun" faction and co-founder of the "Karkomavto" company.
For information, Hrant Khartuni, a defrauded businessman of Armenian origin, was one of the first importers who imported building materials, stones, plates and food products from Iran to Armenia in the 1990s.
After meeting with Ruben Shahmuradyan, Khartuni, together with his business partner, in 1995 created a joint Armenian-Iranian enterprise "Irarshis" with a constituent capital of 50 thousand drams. In the 2000th year, the company acquired an area of 8,000 square meters located on Tigranyan street. According to current estimates, the cost of real estate is from 800 to 1 million dollars, the cost of equipment is about 500 thousand US dollars.
According to Khartuni, all investments were made directly by him. However, due to health reasons, the businessman was forced to leave for the United States, where he underwent several heart operations, and doctors forbade him to fly over the next few years.
After Khartuni completed the treatment, he returned to Yerevan, however, he was not able to enter his own enterprise, since he was no longer the owner of the premises.
<When I started the proceedings, I was presented with a document in the cadastre that in 2002 a contract was signed for the sale of property, in which I sell my 50% share of the property for 25 thousand drams to Ruben Shahmuradyan's wife, and all the property goes to his brother Vardan Shahmuradyan", - Khartuni says.
During the trial, Khartuni stated that he could not sign this contract, as he was in the USA, where he underwent several heart operations, but he was told that the contract was concluded not in Yerevan, but in one of Tehran's hotels. Then, post-factum evidence was presented that Khartuni had several heart operations in Los Angeles and was forbidden to fly, indicating that he was physically unable to be in Iran or Armenia at that time and accordingly he could not sign this agreement. Member of the Chamber of Advocates of Armenia Mnatsakan Ghazaryan, in turn, explained that the agreement on the creation of the R and V comfort company (current name <R&V Comfort>) was concluded in a notary office with falsification of the signature of Khartuni and incorrectly indicated initials.
<Any major transaction was to be completed strictly in a notarial order. The Law "On LLC" requires the consent of the general meeting of the founders to decide on a major transaction, but there was no order, no protocol, no signature, absolutely nothing>, he said, noting that after Khartuni tried in court to achieve justice, the court refused to institute criminal proceedings based on a fictitious signature of the latter.
After lengthy litigation, the desperate Khartuni returned to the United States in 2006, but after the "velvet revolution" he met with the NA President, Ararat Mirzoyan, in Los Angeles, the latter promised that he would be able to achieve justice in the presence of facts and necessary documents due to the change of domestic situation in the country.
Khartuni noted that due to the corruption of the judicial system he could not achieve justice, therefore, after the statements of Prime Minister Pashinyan, he returned to Armenia, trying to restore justice and the right to property.
Returning to Armenia in 2018, he again went to courtrooms, but the situation in the courts has not changed, and the same people are sitting in their offices. However, the businessman assures that he will not back down, and that he will fight to the last.
Mnatsakan Ghazaryan said that in the case of the appropriation of property, a civil process has been started, however, what will be the fate of the process in the criminal case remains unknown, expressing concern about the limitation period of the case. However, he referred to an article requiring recognition of the right to property, noting that the process would be difficult.
To note, according to statistics, out of repeated 100% cassation complaints, only 5% are accepted, of which 2.5% are satisfied, the remaining 2.5% are rejected. According to the defense, the earlier court verdicts in this case serve as an iron shield and defense for the Shahmuradyan family and relieve them of legal proceedings.
Shahmuradyan behaves quite freely, both in the context of the limitation of the case, and in connection with the scale of finances that allow him to arm himself with an army of lawyers, but the fact remains that Khartuni was deceived.
According to Khartuni, American and Iranian investors of Armenian descent are not in a hurry to invest in Armenia and carefully monitor what outcome the story of people like Hrant Khartuni will have. "The investors I know in my circle are like old people with a wand in their hands, being careful and looking around," he said, noting that the Armenian Diaspora requires justice.