The court session on the criminal case against third President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, Flash fuel company owner of Barsegh Beglaryan, former Minister of Agriculture Sergo Karapetyan, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture Samvel Galstyan, and Gevorg Harutyunyan, Head of the Plant Breeding Department of the same ministry, is being held at Yerevan court of general jurisdiction today.
Defendants Sergo Karapetyan and Samvel Galstyan have died as a result of the coronavirus.
According to media reports, Karapetyan's testimony is at the basis of the charge. Also, he and ex-President Sargsyan had confronted each other along the lines of this criminal case.
During the previous court session, the court ruled to terminate criminal prosecution against Sergo Karapetyan and Samvel Galstyan.
According to the indictment of this criminal case, being organized by Sargsyan, pushed by Beglaryan, and assisted by Galstyan and Harutyunyan, Karapetyan had squandered—from January 25 to February 7, 2013—AMD 489,160,310 of subsidy allocated from the government's reserve fund for the 15,391,765 liters of diesel fuel that was used during the implementation of state assistance programs.
Serzh Sargsyan has been charged under the Criminal Code article on large-scale embezzlement or squandering.
The third president, however, does not accept the charge against him. And his lawyer Amram Makinyan claims that the charge is concocted.