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YEREVAN. - Charges have been brought against former Chief of Police Vladimir Gasparyan of Armenia.

The charges were brought within the framework of a criminal case which the Investigative Committee is investigating in connection with abuse of power by some officials at the Ministry of Defense (MOD), the committee informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.

Accordingly, Gasparyan, being the MOD Chief of Military Police, head of an MOD department, and Deputy Minister of Defense at separate periods, and being aware that three military servicemen were not actually serving but doing other jobs—that is, one of them worked as the driver of third President Serzh Sargsyan’s brother, Levon Sargsyan, and the other two worked as the bodyguards of Serzh Sargsyan’s other brother, Aleksandr Sargsyan—he had allowed these soldiers to perform these activities that do not stem from their status as military servicemen.

In addition, Gasparyan had extended for five years the term of military service of one of these soldiers.

Also, a total of 21,691481 drams were groundlessly paid to them from the state budget, and thus causing great damage to the state.

A signature bond to not leave Armenia has been selected as a pretrial measure for Vladimir Gasparyan.

The criminal investigation is still in progress.

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