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YEREVAN. – The only additional information I can give is that Avetik Eloyan has petitioned to court. Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said this in a conversation with journalists today, referring to the current conflict between his adviser Eloyan and former head of the Cadaster Committee, Sarhat Petrosyan.

"After Mr. Sarhat Petrosyan's resignation, I receive a letter from one of the heads of the department of the Cadaster Committee where he speaks of more than two dozen corruption schemes reported to Mr. Petrosyan, and Mr. Petrosyan, according to that letter, did not follow up on," Avinyan said.

To the observation that, since police are conducting inspections at Eloyan's brother's company, is there any concern that some corrupt links will be discovered, the deputy PM responded: "If there are people who have violated the law, they should be held accountable, regardless of what position they hold, or what relationships they have with current officials."

Sarhat Petrosyan had told RFE/RL that Avetik Eloyan had "received numerous orders due to abuse, use of his office." In particular, this is with respect to the construction of a 71-story building in Yerevan. In this connection, Eloyan has sued Petrosyan and demands an apology for the slander.

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