Armenian ex-defense minister, some others’ criminal case court hearing kicks off

Artak Davtyan, Davit Tonoyan

© APA | Artak Davtyan, Davit Tonoyan

# 19 January 2022 15:57 (UTC +04:00)

The court hearing of the criminal case against former Armenian Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Artak Davtyan, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Stepan Galstyan, arms supplier Davit Galstyan, and several others started Wednesday in Yerevan, APA reports citing news.am.

The investigation of the criminal case investigated by the National Security Service had found out that several high-ranking officials of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense of Armenia had abused their respective power in 2018 and unlawfully purchased a total of 4,232 obsolete weapons that were stored at the Ministry of Defense.

At the same time, the said weapons were purchased at a price almost twice as much as the previous purchase of ammunition of the same batch, thus committing embezzlement of 4,655,200 US dollars.

The aforementioned high-ranking former and current officials do not accept this charge and consider it a fake criminal case.

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