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30.07.2019 | Corresponding assessments have not been given to the criminal assistance of the employees of the Penitentiary Institution for the penetration of prohibited drugs into “Artik” PI of the RA MJ. Criminal cases have been initiated

With the use of mechanisms of prosecutorial influence, the departments of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Armenia continues a tough criminal law fight against the criminal manifestations of the penetration of prohibited items into the PI  with the participation of employees of the PI.


In particular, during the investigation of the criminal case, investigated under the procedural lead of the senior prosecutor of the Prosecutor's Office of the Shirak Region and materials /seized from “Artik” PI of the RA MJ/, of the official investigation conducted in the period of 2016-2018 in this institution, several cases have been revealed when various employees of the PI, inappropriately performing their duties, have entered into illegal contacts with persons held in the PI and ensured the penetration of various prohibited items into the PI.


In the framework of one case, for example, in 2016, a woman who came to the PI for a long visit talked on the phone in the presence of employees, after which the escorting person took her by car to a coffee grinder worker near the Artik bus station and gave 1.5 lit. and 1.0 lit. liquid masses typical of alcoholic beverages. The worker of the coffee grinder told law enforcement agencies that, according to the agreement, he had to transfer the mentioned beverages to the specialist of the department of legal and social work of “Artik” PI, who earlier, through the relatives of the convict, was given one bag of onion.


As a result, for the improper performance of official duties, illegal contact with the convicts, a “strict reprimand” has been applied against this employee, despite the fact that the data contained signs of giving a bribe and receiving a bribe.


Or, in the framework of another case registered in 2018 at “ Artik “ PI of the  RA MJ, during the personal search of the employee of the security department staff of the PI in the stomach’s area, 7 mobile phones with subscriber cards, an Internet Wi-Fi dispenser, and three USB cables have been found and seized. It was found out that these things were provided for transfer to one convict, to whom the employee transferred his mobile phone number to be in touch. As a result of an official investigation for improper performance of official duties, a discussion was initiated for the issue of applying against this employee disciplinary punishment << suspension from service >>.


According to another case that happened in 2018. the acting duty officer not only did not inform the management that the citizen who introduced himself as a resident of Artik wanted to give food to the detainee on a non-working day, but even without permission he took the food and gave it to the detainee, despite the fact that he did not submit a document confirming identity and no statement was submitted for the transfer of this food. Meanwhile, as a result of an official investigation, only a reprimand was applied against this employee.


And according to another detected case that happened in 2017 during a personal search of a detainee transferred from the Gyumri medical center to Artik PI, 2 mobile phones were found from the shoes of the latter.


During the official investigation, it was found out that while being in the medical center, the shoes were handed over to the detainee by the PI employee without corresponding permission. A disciplinary sanction “reprimand” was imposed by the official investigation on this employee.


Similar other manifestations by the staff of the PI, as well as the fact that these manifestations were not awarded with an equivalent legal assessment, were also found out in the indicated period.


That is, during the investigation it was found out that the officials of Artik PI of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, being an investigative body in accordance with the CPC of the Republic of Armenia, examined cases /involving actions that have contained signs of alleged crimes/ in the field of purely disciplinary violations and based on personal interest not to bring their employees to possible criminal liability did not fulfill their official duties. Thus, substantial harm was done to the legitimate interests of the state.


Based on the cases detected by the investigation, the Prosecutor's Office of Shirak Region of the Republic of Armenia initiated 5 criminal cases under Part 1 of Art. 308 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia.


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.