17.05.2022 | The criminal case on the departure from the battlefield of the battalion commander in Khtsaberd, failure to comply with the order, negligent attitude to the service was sent to court

By the criminal case investigated in the GMID of the RA IC under the consistent control of the RA Military Prosecutor's Office, it was substantiated that the Head of the 2nd battalion of the tank troops of unit N of the RA Ministry of Defense A.K. performing combat duty, received an order to ensure the security of the combat positions of the Khtsaberd village of the Hadrut region of the Republic of Artsakh.


However, during the hostilities on December 13, 2020, initiated by the Azerbaijani armed forces with a gross violation of the terms of the ceasefire, he did not comply with the order of his immediate superior to switch to all-round defense. During the hostilities A.K. gave the order to "retreat" and left the battlefield, these actions caused serious consequences. As a result, the combat positions of the village of Khtsaberd in Hadrut region of the Republic of Artsakh and the village of Khtsaberd came under the control of the enemy.


In addition, it was found out that before leaving for combat duty A.K. from the secret department of the military unit of the RA Ministry of Defense received a working map of the area containing official secrets and an flash drive with the inscription “secret”. On December 13, 2020, as a result of the enemy’s advance, the latter’s unauthorized departure from the battlefield and the transfer of Khtsaberd’s combat positions to the enemy, the flash drive and the map containing secret data were at the disposal of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. The latter also had at his disposal the staffing list of the battalion personnel.


For the commission of the above acts A.K. was charged under Part 3 of Art. 356, Part 1 of Art. 380 and Part 3 of Art. 376 of the RA Criminal Code.


The preliminary investigation is completed, the prosecutor supervising the legality of the preliminary investigation approved the indictment and sent the criminal case to the court of General Jurisdiction of Syunik region for consideration on the merits.


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.