ARF Urges Prosecutor to Punish Past Crimes

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The revelation of past crimes–and the punishment of criminals–despite their position in government was the main topic of discussion at a meeting Monday between Armenia’s Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepian and Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia members Vahan Hovanessian and Armen Rustamian.

The ARF officials stated that the party was not advocating for a witch hunt–but rather the punishment of those who had utilized their positions in government and had committed several crimes–the explanations for which would go a long way in building trust with people of Armenia.

During the meeting–Hovsepian told briefed the ARF leaders about various noted criminal cases already under investigation by the prosecutor’s office–and stated that minor crimes were already being prosecuted.

Hovsepian added that his office was in the process of gathering the necessary evidence and information regarding major criminal cases–explaining that the process was a long and complicated one–thus delaying the necessary legal action.

The ARF leaders stressed the importance of informing the public about some of these criminal activities–without hindering the prosecutor general’s investigation and discovery processes.

Hovanessian and Rustamian–specifically discussed the revelation and discussion of financial crimes–specifically discussing alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars in foreign loans and gran’s.

The meeting also discussed the validity of a supreme court decision emanating from the now infamous Dec. 28–1994 presidential decree suspending the activities of the ARF in Armenia for six months. Also discussed were unresolved matters relating to the so-called "Trial of 31."

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