Armenia’s Prosecutor General filed a petition to the National Assembly to give consent to open a criminal case against Aram Harutyunyan, a parliament deputy from the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and former Minister of Nature Protection.
“A combination of sufficient evidence obtained by the preliminary investigation of the criminal case initiated by the Special Investigation Service of Armenia Criminal Code, leads to the fact that a special bribe was received by the official on September 11, 2015, ” reads the Prosecutor General’s statement.
Harutyunyan is accused of exploiting 10 licenses of non-ferrous metals in Syunik, Gegharkunik, Lori and Kotayk regions of Armenia. According to the investigation, Harutyunyan received $14 million in bribes.
The investigation also notes that Harutyunyan has opened multiple bank accounts in foreign banks to transfer large sums of money. He has used names of other personnel to ensure the secrecy of the origin of the sums.
Harutyunyan owns a private house, few apartments in Yerevan, a seven story building located near the Republic Square, a restaurant complex, other properties valued at more than $880,303, and more than a dozen pieces of agricultural land in Kotayk Province.
Two others were charged and detained for assisting in the exchange of the large bribe by the official.