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Mechanism, motive of Karen Vardanyan's murder found

01.04.2016 18:08

In the result of investigatory and operative-searching measures taken in the framework of the criminal case investigated in the Investigative Division of Malatia-Sebastia administrative district of Yerevan Investigative Department of the RA Investigative Committee initiated on expert Karen Vardanyan’s death the motive and the way of murder were found.

The call informing that Karen Vardanyan was missing was received 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.

In the result of investigatory measures it was found that on March 17, 2016 Karen Vardanyan together with another person from railway station of Yerevan left for Sevan, Gegharquniq region from where the mentioned citizen returned alone.

On March 30, 2016 a criminal case was initiated in the Investigative Division of Malatia-Sebastia administrative district according to the Part 1 of the Article 104 of RA Criminal Code, an investigatory plan was worked out.

According to data obtained through investigation, Karen Vardanyan was murdered in Sevan after which his body was taken to Yerevan. The suspects having committed murder were identified. They were found, arrested and gave testimonies on the mechanism, motives of murder.

Taking public interest into consideration we present some details on data of preliminary investigation.

So, according to investigation data, 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 of 20.000 USD or a new flat of about that price. 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 A. Mihranyan, born in 1973, who had been renting G. Zohrabyan's car «Opel Vecra B» since January, 2016 about his intention promising some money for it. According to prior agreement on March 17, 2016 A. Mihranyan bought 5 tablets of «Dimedrol», put them in the bottle full of water and put it at the back side of the car for Karen Vardanyan to drink and sleep on the way. Then three of them set to Sevan in «Opel Vectra B» under the pretext of accompanying K. Vardanyan to Georgia.

On the way K. Vardanyan drank the water with tablets however it did not have any influence on him. Getting to Akhtamar peninsula of Sevan they stopped the car under the pretext of natural needs. According to initial data, G. Zohrabyan returned to the car with a stone in his hand, sat next to K. Vardanyan and struck him with a stone on the head. The latter was struck by the driver of the car A. Mihranyan, as well.  

Seeing that K. Vardanyan was already dead they left him at the back seat of the car, returned to Yerevan, took the body to G. Zohrabyan's garage and buried.

Karen Vardanyan's body with numerous injuries on the head was found at the place indicated by the suspects.  

During preliminary investigation a number of searches, confiscations were conducted, forensic medical and biological examinations were commissioned to find circumstances significant for the criminal case.

Preliminary investigation is ongoing, necessary investigatory actions are conducted to provide the comprehensive, complete and objective investigation of circumstances of the case, to verify the circumstances indicated in the suspects' testimony.

Additional information on the results will be provided.

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

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