ArmInfo. The hearing of the Court of Appeal in the case of oligarch Gagik Tsarukyan, the head of the Prosperous Armenia Party, has been postponed. This was announced on July 2 by the lawyer of the latter, Yerem Sargsyan. According to the lawyer, the next meeting will be held on July 7 at 11:00 am. According to the defense, the prosecution was not familiar with their complaint.
The lawyer also presented the contents of the protest of Tsarukyan's defense. <The petition is presented in parliament, it differs significantly from the petition for the arrest of Gagik Tsarukyan. All this is political in nature, we explained what our conclusions are based on. Our arguments should be considered. And although the trial court emphasized that at this stage our arguments are not subject to consideration, we have a different point of view on this issue>, Sargsyan emphasized.
It should be noted that the prosecutor's office appealed the decision of the trial court on the rejection of the application for the arrest of Gagik Tsarukyan.
In turn, the lawyers submitted several complaints, one of which concerns well-founded suspicion. The defense team believes that no evidence has been submitted to the court that Tsarukyan is connected with this criminal case. The second complaint concerns the lawfulness of the proceedings. According to the defense, Tsarukyan's case was to be handled by the SIS, and not the NSS.
To note, Gagik Tsarukyan became infected with the coronavirus and cannot participate in court hearings. To recall, searches were conducted in the house of the PAP head Ganik Tsarukyan in the morning of June 14, after which he was summoned to the NSS for questioning. On the same day, the NSS reported three criminal cases involving the name of a politician and businessman who is considered the richest man in the country.
So, according to the investigation, the leadership and other members of the Prosperous Armenia party distributed hundreds of millions of drams of election bribes in 2017 in accordance with well-developed schemes, and this was done under the pretext of charity. In another case, Tsarukyan's companies were involved in the organization of the casino's illegal activities, resulting in damage to the state of $ 60 million.
Another criminal case concerns a company associated with Tsarukyan, which illegally appropriated land, and the state suffered damage of 342 million drams (about 685 thousand dollars). The politician himself believes that criminal prosecution is being carried out against him.