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YEREVAN. – The National Security Service (NSS) of Armenia informs that an internal investigation has been carried out to find out the circumstances of appointing the former NSS employee to the post of NSS senior group (head of the department), during which facts were obtained that the then director of the NSS disregarded the respective age restrictions, and appointed this 51-year-old former NSS employee with the rank of military lieutenant colonel.

As a result, this person was appointed to the position of senior group in the NSS, also receiving the title of colonel.

Considering that substantial facts of abuse of official power were obtained within the framework of this internal investigation, the reports of this investigation were transferred to the NSS Investigation Department to prepare a report in accordance with the procedures under the Criminal Procedure Code and to resolve the process.

During the preparation of this report, it became necessary to get an explanation from the aforementioned former director of the NSS, and taking this into account, the body conducting the proceedings summoned him to the investigative body, giving him the opportunity to present his arguments in writing.

No damage caused to the state as a result of the mentioned person's tenure has been restored.

To note, the abovementioned former director of the NSS is Artur Vanetsyan, chairman of the opposition Homeland Party.

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