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06.11.2017 | Cases of illegal cutting of large number of trees, connivance, patronage and giving bribes by the officials have been detected

In the result of large-scale operative-intelligence measures undertaken by the officers of the RA National Security Service cases of illegal cutting of large number of trees from the territory of the forestry lands of the republic, as well as cases of connivance, patronage and giving bribes by the officials responsible for the field  have been detected.

Concerning the cases, the investigation department of the RA NSA has initiated criminal cases under Article 296  part 3, Article 308 part 2, Article 311 part 2 and Article 312 part 1 of the RA Criminal Code, which have been joined into one proceedings.

The Prosecutor General's Office of the RA has instructed the preliminary investigation of the case to the RA SIS.

02.11.2017 charges have been brought against the Deputy Head of the State Ecological Inspection of the RA Ministry of Nature Protection and the Chief Inspector under Article 311 part 3 point 2 and point 3, Article 324 part 2 and Article 314 part 1 of the RA Criminal Code, for giving a bribe in a particularly large amount, destruction of official documents and the official forgery committed by a group of people by prior conspiracy.

Charge has been brought against the forester of “Armforest” SNCO for giving bribes in a particularly large amount under Article 312 part 2 of the RA Criminal Code and against the person supproting the latter a charge has been brought   under Article 38-312 part 2 of the RA Criminal Code.

The body conducting criminal proceedings has been assigned to take urgent investigative, operational-intelligence measures with a view to find out the real circumstances of the case.

Preliminary investigation is still in process.

Notice: Every person suspected in or charged with a criminal offense shall be presumed innocent unless proved guilty in the manner prescribed by the RA Criminal Procedure Code and unless the verdict comes into legal force.