Several circumstances behind the supply of medals and commemorative medals made from other metal to the National Assembly instead of silver medals and commemorative medals were established in the criminal case being examined in the proceedings of the Investigative Division of Arabkir administrative district of Yerevan of the Investigative Committee of Armenia.
As reported the Investigative Committee, the head of the Supply Division of the Administrative-Economic Department of the Staff of the National Assembly has been arrested.
On June 24, 2019, an employee of the Legal Support and Services Division of the National Assembly of Armenia filed a report to the Arabkir Division of the Police of Armenia stating that medals and commemorative medals made from other metal were supplied to the National Assembly instead of silver medals and commemorative medals stipulated by a contract in the period between September and December 2016, causing property damage.
The Arabkir Division of the Police of Armenia instituted a criminal case that was forwarded to the Investigative Division of the Arabkir administrative district of Yerevan of the Investigative Committee for preliminary investigation and was accepted for proceedings.
Several investigative operations were carried out during the preliminary investigation. As a result, factual data were obtained. Based on the data, the head of the Division violated the decisions on establishing the forms of the Medal of Honor of the National Assembly of Armenia and the Commemorative Medal of the Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia and, in 2015-17, organized processes of acquiring medals not complying with the prescribed technical description and at prices significantly higher than the market price, that is, AMD 32,000-40,000.
A forensic material expert examination was designated to establish the circumstances that are essential for the criminal case, and based on the conclusion, the specified commemorative medals were made from an alloy of copper and zinc, coated with an external layer of gold.
On September 19, 2019, the head of the Supply Division of the Administrative-Economic Department of the Staff of the National Assembly of Armenia was arrested under the suspicion of squander of the financial resources of the Staff of the National Assembly of Armenia by abuse of official position.
The preliminary investigation continues. Necessary investigative operations are being carried out for a comprehensive, objective and full investigation of all the circumstances.