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Karina Manukyan

On fact of publication in press of information on criminal record of  Suren Papikyan a criminal case was opened 

On fact of publication in press of information on criminal record of  Suren Papikyan a criminal case was opened 

ArmInfo.Special Investigation Service of Armenia opened a criminal case in connection with the publication in the Hraparak newspaper of information on the criminal  record of the Minister of Territorial Administration and  Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia Suren Papikyan.

According to the publication, the minister has a criminal record for  stabbing his commander during his military service. Earlier,  Papikyan, commenting on this publication, called it an attempt to  denigrate his name due to the fact that he headed the "YES" campaign  in the constitutional referendum.

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, the criminal case was  opened on the basis of Article 144 (illegal collection, storage, use  or dissemination of information about personal or family life) and  part 1 of Article 308 (abuse of power) of the RA Criminal Code. A  preliminary investigation is underway. 

Meanwhile, the Union of Journalists of Armenia condemned the decision  to institute a criminal case, calling it an attempt by the  authorities to exert pressure on the media and restrict freedom of  speech. 

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