ArmInfo.Gagik Khachatryans' Legal Team claims that an entire state apparatus, with all its might, illegally transferred Gagik Khachatryan from Astghik Medical Center to the Yerevan-Kentron penitentiary, depriving him of his constitutional right to healthcare. After that, as usual, the manipulative excuses of state officials began, the statement of Khachatryan's Legal Team received by ArmInfo reads.
The legal team specifies, "The RA Ministry of Justice and the RA Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan, without checking the facts, were quick to announce that Gagik Khachatryan was allegedly discharged from Astghik Medical Center by the decision of the center, but we consider it necessary to note that, unfortunately, the latter do not fully present the facts and manipulate the reality of the situation, the evidence of which we will present if necessary. This is for the beneficiary authorities' information.
For now, we will leave you with this-according to the document of "Astghik" Medical Center, referred to by the Ministry of Justice, Gagik Khachatryan is discharged on the basis of the decision No. E-863 of the Director of the "Penitentiary Medicine" SNCO of the RA Ministry of Justice. We repeat, not by the decision of "Astghik" Medical Center was he discharged based on improvement of condition, but on the basis of the decision of the director of the SNCO. By the way, according to the Minister's announcement, the discharge took place at 16:00, but the employees of the penitentiary service of the RA Ministry of Justice and the doctor of "Penitentiary Medicine Center" SNCO arrived at the "Astghik" MC at 14:00 to forcibly transfer Gagik Khachatryan.
State officials may have possibly anticipated the discharge. Officials say Gagik Khachatryan has been transferred to continue his treatment In fact, the above-mentioned officials told the hospital staff that Gagik Khachatryan was being transferred to another place to continue the necessary treatment, but in reality he had to be transferred and was transferred to the penitentiary institution, the circumstances of which were revealed after the intervention of the legal team. Therefore, it should be noted that the detained patient can be discharged from the hospital in 3 cases: 1.
At the patient's request 2. In case of improvement of the patient 3. At the request of the authorized officials of the RA Ministry of Justice. Gagik Khachatryan not only needs surgical treatment of neck stenosis but also is instructed to continue therapeutic and rehabilitation treatment As for the first point, we would like to inform you that Gagik Khachatryan did not express a wish to be discharged. As for the second point, based on available documents, including ones at the disposal of the RA Ministry of Justice, Gagik Khachatryan not only needs surgical treatment of neck stenosis but also is instructed to continue the therapeutic and rehabilitation treatment.
It turns out that Gagik Khachatryan's discharge should have taken place at the request of the authorised body. It is for that exact reason we submitted a corresponding inquiry to "Astghik" Medical Center, where they informed in writing that a request regarding Gagik Khachatryan's discharge had been sent to the "Penitentiary Medicine Center" SNCO of the RA Ministry of Health, the response of which will determinewhether or not Gagik Khachatryan will be discharged. At the moment, as of 18:36 (22.05.2020), there is no initiative or order to discharge. Prior to the transfer, the officials and the doctor who came with them were also informed about this.
Moreover, the members of thelegal team presented the above-mentioned note to them as well. The RA Penitentiary Service was also informed about this through the hotline operator.We also sent the note to the relevant e-mail address of the service and asked them to find out from the medical center whether Gagik Khachatryan had been discharged at the time of the transfer or not.The requests and demands have been deliberately ignored. And after all this, the RA Ministry of Justice informs that the state officials do not have a vested interest in transferring Gagik Khachatryan to a penitentiary institution. And finally, the following question: Why did the employees of the RA Ministry of Justice illegally interrupt Gagik Khachatryan's treatment again on January 22, 2020 at Astghik MC to transfer him to a penitentiary institution?
Why did the Director of the "Penitentiary Medicine" SNCO of the RA Ministry of Justice demand from the Chief Physician of "Astghik" MC by letter No. E-535 to discuss the possibility of terminating Gagik Khachatryan's inpatient treatment in a short period of time? Which was an obvious example of the state body putting pressure on the medical center to interrupt Gagik Khachatryan's treatment. Based on all of this, on 01.04.2020 Gagik Khachatryan's lawyer asked the director of the SNCO to refrain from unnecessary interference in Gagik Khachatryan's treatment as well as from putting indirect pressure on the Civil Medical Center to stop his treatment," the statement reads. As ArmInfo previously reported, the RA Ministry of Justice informed yesterday that Gagik Khachatryan's original document signed by the doctors on May 22 at 4:00pm was left by the medical staff in the office of the director of the medical center, and then mysteriously disappeared. The ministry also accused Astghik MC of being interested in keeping Gagik Khachatryan in the said medical center. "After the" disappearance "of the original document on Khachatryan's discharge, other information was provided diametrically opposed to the facts presented in the document.
It seems that the Astghik medical center refused its decision to discharge Khachatryan. In this situation, it seems at least questionable how the decision of the discharge of medical doctors could change so suddenly, "the Justice Ministry said. Gagik Khachatryan is accused of embezzlement on an especially large scale and abuse of power. Gagik Khachatryan and his relative Karen Khachatryan (former SRC employee) were detained on August 27. He was charged under Part 2 of Article 308 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia (Misappropriation or embezzlement of funds on an especially large scale) and part 2 of Article 308 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia (Abuse of official authority entailing reckless grave consequences). He was previously hospitalized due to health problems.