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Within Criminal Case on Hindrance to Professional Activity of Reporter Committed by Vladimir Gasparyan Abuses Disclosed; New Criminal Case Initiated

02.09.2020 10:38

On 9 August, 2020 the reporter of “Azatutyun” radio station submitted a report informing that on 8 August at about 16:00, while preparing reportage on illegal constructions at coastal areas of lake Sevan, on Sevan-Shorzha road the former Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan hindered to his and his operators’ professional activity during which threats of using violence dangerous for life and health were voiced.

On 9 August, 2020 a criminal case was initiated in General Department of Criminal Police of the RA Police according to the Part 3 of the Article 164 (hindrance to the legal professional activities of a journalist) of RA Criminal Code preliminary investigation of which is conducted in General Department of Investigation of Particularly Important Cases of the RA Investigative Committee.

In the result of investigatory and procedural actions conducted during preliminary investigation it was found out that pursuant to the plan approved on 19 December, 2017 at the shooting location for the reportage to be prepared – on the land in Drakhtik village of Shoghakat community of Gegharkunik province there were 14 units of construction whereas pursuant to received data, 2 of those constructions near the lake were not mentioned in the plan which, as of 28.01.2013, in addition to other constructions, were in the plan. The mentioned constructions were absent in the construction scheme agreed by the head of Drakhtik community on 20.02.2017.

Besides, it was found out that on 20 December the owner of the mentioned land submitted an application for state registration of the right to real estate of the above-mentioned address. Related to it on 25 December a decision was made by the employee of the staff of State Committee of Real Estate Cadastre to suspend the proceeding on state registration of the right to real estate as there was inconsistency in the submitted documents. Besides a number of constructions were in the zone below the absolute mark of 1905 whereas on 26.12.2017 and 19.01.2018 certificates were given by the SNCO director and the first deputy of the director, accordingly, certifying that the main constructions on the mentioned address were at the areas over the absolute marks of 1905.0 m. Based on it, on 19 January, 2018 state registration of the right to real estate was made. At the same time it was found out that the fences at the above-mentioned area of Drakhtik village of Shoghakat community did not correspond to the requirements of the RA Government’s decision N 1563-Ն dated 18, December, 2008 “On leasing, granting the right to construction, carrying out urban development activities on lands in Sevan National Park and adjoining areas”; that is installation of partition fences is prohibited in the coast area.  

Considering that through the mentioned criminal case data were obtained on apparent crimes envisaged by the Part 1 of the Article 314 and the Article 315.2, a new criminal case was initiated on official forgery and not taking measures, as prescribed by law, to prevent, suspend illegal construction.

Preliminary investigation is conducted.  

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

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