15.10.2019 | In the case of 27.7% of messages received and verified through the whistle-blowing system criminal cases have been initiated. Summary

From May 21, 2019 unified electronic platform for whistle-blowing has been launched, through which people can anonymously submit data concerning corruption cases and facts.  

 

During the last 5 months of the launch of platform 146 messages on whistle-blowing have been received.

 

By the proceedings of whistle-blowing, initiated in the RA Prosecutor’s Office it has been found out that in the case of 26% there are circumstances containing signs of corruption crimes. Thus, they have been sent for verification by operational-search actions. As of October 14, in the case of verified 27.7% of data on whistle-blowing, or in quantitative terms in 5 cases, criminal cases have been initiated. The cases have been initiated on the basis of the following factual circumstances.

 

  1. In the result of verifications and preparation of materials within the framework of proceedings on whistle-blowing data have been received regarding the sale of the land plot of 2.6 ha / in 2005 / by the former head of Arevik community of Armavir region through an auction and territories with water of 0.686 ha. and 0.689 ha.  /in 2010/. On July 22, 2019 concerning the case, a criminal case has been initiated in Armavir Department of the RA Police under Art. 196 of the RA Criminal Code and a preliminary investigation is in process.

 

  1. By the verification through the procedure of whistle-blowing and materials prepared in General Department on Combating Organized Crime of the RA Police it has been found out, that in 2015 laser and milling machines have been installed at SNCO << Yerevan State College of Informatics >> for the employment of 10 people with disabilities. With the consent of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, in 2016, entrepreneurial activities began to provide services to individuals and organizations in the field of laser, milling and UV printing, and the coordination of the work has been entrusted to the head of the college programming department by the instruction of the college director.

 

However, the latter in the period of 2016-2019 taking advantage of the fact that financial resources and services have not been properly supervised, with the use of his official position, has abused the director’s trust and have not put in the college’s cash desk sum of money in the amount of 1.8 million AMD and as a result significant damage has been caused to the college. Concerning the above-mentioned a criminal case has been initiated under Part 1 of Art. 315, Point 3 of Part 2 of Art. 184 of the RA Criminal Code.

 

  1. By the materials prepared in General Department on Combating Organized Crime of the RA Police on the basis of the message received through whistle-blowing platform data have been obtained that in the fund “Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts named after Mesrop Mashtots, Matenadaran” during the period of 2014-2018 3 employees for a long time actually have not gone to work and have not fulfilled their duties. However, the deputy director for economic affairs of the fund, with the use of his official position, has introduced false data  on their attendance and approved them. As a result, a large sum of money in the amount of 4.5 million AMD have been stolen. A criminal case has been initiated under Point 1 of Part 3 of Art. 179 and Art. 314 of the RA Criminal Code.

 

  1. By the materials prepared in General Department on Combating Organized Crime of the RA Police on the basis of another message received through the whistle-blowing platform it has been found out that the community leader of Gavar of Gegharkunik region and the latter’s deputy, in the months of March-May by having abused their official powers, violated the established procedure and has allowed their close person to deconstruct the building of the kindergarten ”Fairy Tale” and in the result of deconstruction utilize building materials sold at the market value of about 3.5 million AMD. Then, in order to conceal the aforementioned illegal transaction, they have organized the process of granting permission for deconstruction during a formal meeting of the Council of the Gavar community, assessing the market value of property and deconstructing works. On the basis of this, on June 13, 2018 a formal contract has been concluded with OJSC for the performance of work, as a result of which significant damage has been caused to the legitimate interests of the community. In addition, during the period of 2016-2018 between the municipality and “Gavar Trans” LLC, an agreement has been concluded on the provision of transport services. Within the framework of this, by introducing knowingly false information, a false act of acceptance and delivery has been drawn up, and the community leader has approved them and, on the basis of this, 3.8 million AMD have been transferred to “Gavar Trans” LLC. Thus, significant damage has been caused to the legitimate interests of the community. Concerning the mentioned facts criminal case has been initiated under Part 1 of Art. 308, Point 1 of Part 3 of Art. 179 and Art. 314 of the RA Criminal Code.

 

  1. By the materials prepared in Spitak Division of the RA Police on the basis of a message received through the electronic whistle-blowing platform a criminal case has been initiated under Point 2 of Part 2 of Art. 177 of the RA Criminal Code, in connection with deconstruction of the water supply pipe owned by Vorogum CJSC and the theft of metal pipes / 289 lm ․ / worth about 1.2 million AMD.

 

Preliminary investigation of these 5 criminal cases is in process.

 

For the remaining cases of whistle-blowing, sufficient data haven’t been provided regarding the people who committed the criminal acts, or  circumstances, or such data have not been approved during the verification work and preparation of materials. However, even in the case of not being approved by the verifications, messages received through the electronic system of whistle-blowing have an important preventive role, taking into account that the verification, procedural measures undertaken on their basis significantly increase the vigilance of state bodies, officials of budgetary institutions with the aim of refraining from corruption offenses.

 

The RA Prosecutor General’s Office is actively continuing the process of registering messages received through the electronic whistle-blowing platform and review, and concerning the results will be reported.

 

We reaffirm that the anonymity of people who provide messages through an electronic whistle-blowing platform is ensured, and their personal data are protected by high guarantees of criminal law.

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