ArmInfo. The team of lawyers of third President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan responded to the message of the Special Investigation Service. In its statement, the defense side, in particular, called the speculations in the name of Serzh Sargsyan inappropriate, urging the SIS to remain within the framework of providing the public with clear, and not manipulative information.
To note, earlier the SIS provided details regarding the arrest of ex-mayor of Yerevan, former head of the Commission on Regulation of Public Services Robert Nazaryan, who is suspected of committing an act stipulated by part 2 of Article 308 of the RA Criminal Code. Thus, Nazaryan, under the pretext of encouraging the development of hydropower in the RA, on September 16, 2011 received a government decision "On the proposal to establish maximum capacity for small hydropower plants", in fact, made with the aim of establishing benefits for Dzoraget Hydro LLC, owned by son-in-law of ex-President of the RA Serzh Sargsyan Mikael Minasyan. Nazaryan, without proper expert research and analysis of the proposed changes, ignoring the water resources available in the RA and, as a result, the statistics of the construction of hydroelectric power plants, through the competent department of the Commission, developed a draft corresponding decision. As a result, "Dzoraget Hydro" was registered in the list of small hydropower plants, taking advantage of the opportunity to sell electricity at higher and more stable tariffs, and as a result received 7,052,065,099 drams from individuals and legal entities that consume electricity in Armenia.
To recall, in the criminal case concerning the Dzoraget hydroelectric power plant ("Dzora HPP"), the accused is former head of the RA Defense Ministry Seyran Ohanyan, who is suspected of embezzling property in the amount of 1,046,400,000 AMD. Last fall, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on Mikael Minasyan to return to his homeland and answer questions from the Special Investigation Service. In particular, it was about the illegal, as the Prime Minister noted, privatization of a strategic facility in Lori region, according to media reports, this facility is the Dzoraget hydroelectric power station.