Law 14:23 22/10/2021 Armenia

Lawyer: Defendant and victim ‘may switch places’ in Aghvan Hovsepyan’s case

The criminal case involving Armenia’s former Prosecutor General and Chairman of the Investigative Committee Aghvan Hovsepyan may take a new twist, his lawyer said on Friday.

“In Aghvan Hovsepyan's case, new developments can be expected. The defendant and the victim may switch places," Gagik Khachikyan wrote on Facebook.

The Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction, presided over by judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan, granted a motion of the Special Investigative Service to arrest Aghvan Hovsepyan on September 7. The Court of Appeals upheld the arrest ruling on October 4, denying the defense motion.

Hovsepyan is charged with bribery, money laundering and illegal entrepreneurial activity according to Article 310, Article 311 (Part 4, Point 2), Article 178 (Part 3, Point 2) and Article 190 (three episodes) of the Criminal Code of Armenia.

According to investigation bodies, holding the posts of Prosecutor General and then the Chairman of the Investigative Committee, Hovsepyan was involved in Illegal entrepreneurial activity, being in charge of a number of limited liability organizations, took bribes in large amount totaling 190 million drams and seized a property worth 800 million drams. Hovsepyan is also charged with legitimizing illegally obtained income.



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