YEREVAN. – Part of the criminal case against Gagik Khachatryan [former Minister of Finance and ex-Chairman of the State Revenue Committee] has been separated, it is in court, and is no longer in the domain of the investigative body. Argishti Kyaramyan, Director of the National Security Service (NSS) of Armenia, noted this Monday morning in a conversation with journalists at Yerablur Military Pantheon in Yerevan.
As for the criminal case on vote-buying, which mentions Gagik Tsarukyan—chairman of the opposition Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP), MP, and business tycoon—the NSS director said this case was being investigated on a large scale and there were several dozen accused. "The case may be sent to court in the near future. It’s just that the peculiarity of such criminal cases is that new criminal cases are constantly being initiated from them, and there are new episodes from them, and which become the subject of additional investigation," he added.
And asked why the NSS—and not the Special Investigation Service—was investigating the criminal case involving Tsarukyan, Kyaramyan said that the prosecutor's office has the right to take any criminal case from one investigative body and transfer it to another. "We also have a court decision on this case. The court has considered it lawful the fact that this criminal case is being investigated by the NSS. It is not a tool of additional pressure," Argishti Kyaramyan added.