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Preliminary investigation of the criminal case initiated on expert Karen Vardanyan’s murder completed

16.11.2016 17:32

Preliminary investigation of the criminal case initiated on murder of expert Karen Vardanyan was completed in the Investigative Division of Malatia-Sebastia administrative district of Yerevan Investigative Department of the RA Investigative Committee. In the result of investigatory actions of great volume all circumstances were found.  
 

On March 28, 2016 project coordinator of advisory NGO “Union of Informed Citizens” submitted a written report informing that on March 17, 2016 the expert of the mentioned NGO Karen Vardanyan left his flat at 32, building 31/8, Leningradyan Street, Yerevan to go abroad on business for a week but he has not returned yet.
 

Necessary measures were immediately taken to find K. Vardanyan and it was found that K. Vardanyan had become a victim of crime. A criminal case was initiated in the Investigative Division of Malatia-Sebastia administrative district in the framework of which the persons having committed the apparent crime were identified, the motive was found.
 

Through preliminary investigation sufficient evidence were obtained on the allegation that K. Vardanyan donated his flat located at 32, building 31/8, Leningradyan Street, Yerevan to 23 year-old G. Zohrabyan for which he was to receive monetary compensation. In order not to give the money to Karen Vardanyan G. Zohrabyan offered him to leave for Dubai through Georgia on a tour having intention to kill him on the way to Georgia. G. Zohrabyan told about his intention A. Mihranyan, born in 1973, who had been renting G. Zohrabyan's car «Opel Vecra B» since January, 2016 promising some money for it.
 

According to prior agreement on March 17, 2016 three of them – G. Zohrabyan and K. Vardanyan in a car «Opel Vecra B» driven by A. Mihranyan left for Sevan under the pretext to accompany K. Vardanyan to Georgia thus secretly kidnapping him.
 

Getting to Akhtamar peninsula of Sevan they struck K. Vardanyan on the head with a stone for numerous times. Seeing that he was dead they left him at the back seat of the car, returned to Yerevan in the same car, where they took the body to G. Zohrabyan's garage and buried.
 

Through investigation it was also found that before burying K. Vardanyan’s body in the garage the mentioned two persons examined his clothes and swindled 40.000 AMD they had found.
 

On the base of the evidence obtained during pretrial proceeding charge was pressed against A. Mihranyan and G. Zohrabyan according to the Point 1 of the Part 2 of the Article 131, the Points 3, 7 and 8 of the Part 2 of the Article 104 and the Point 1 of the Part 2 of the Article 177 of RA Criminal Code.
 

The criminal case with the bill of indictment was sent to prosecutor supervising the legality of preliminary investigation.

 
Note; Everyone charged with alleged crime offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.


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