Mellat Bank Trial Continues

YEREVAN (Azg/Noyan Tapan)–The trial of the employees of the Mellat bank in Armenia resumed Wednesday.

They are charged with accepting a $26,000 bribe for providing a loan. Later–case of the two deputy heads of the Bank– Iranian citizens Ruben Hakhnazarian and Varuzhan Zatikian–was separated–and they were released after signing a statement promising not to leave. Currently the case of Samuel Ajapahian– Hovhannes Melikian and Alexan Matevosian–charged with accepting a bribe–is being considered.

According to article 185 of the criminal code of Armenia–they can be punished with up to 15 years in prison.

Ajapahian is head of the Armaudit company–which evaluates pawns for the Bank; Matevosian is economist of the Loans Department; Melikian is Director of the Melmo joint stock company.

According to the statemen’s of Grigor Tonoyan– founder of the Kakach–TGP and Pariz Ltd.s he arranged a $310,000 loan from the Bank with Ajapahian’s help. In return for the loan–Ajapahian demanded a share–and to pay Melmo’s $100,000 debt to the Bank–promising to return this money later.

He presented paperwork–made in Ajapahian’s handwriting–about providing loans and required bribes. The defendant admitted having written the papers.

The next session of the trial will be Monday.

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