Prosecutor’s Office Begins Energy Sector Corruption Probe.

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Upon receiving the findings of the parliamentary commission on Energy–the General Prosecutor’s office opened criminal proceedings on June 26. According to Andranik Mirzoyan–on the same day the prosecutor office asked the parliament to provide all necessary documen’s to investigate corruption in the Armenia’s energy sector.

Speaking to reporters today at the Yerevan headquarters of the Union of Armenian journalists–Andranik Mirzoyan said that at least two month is needed to finish the investigation of the criminal case against former government officials who allegedly stole millions of dollars from the energy sector.

So far no one has been indicted–and no one has been ordered not to live the country–Mirzoyan said. "We have no official suspect yet. We can reach that point only after doing extensive investigation," the investigator said–adding that the group has no fear to bring charges against any person–any official.

Commenting on former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratian’s demand that parliamentary commission head David Lokian and commission member Arshak Sadoyan be charged with slandering him–Gevork Danielian–a representative of state interests in the General Prosecutor’s office–said that two appeals by the former Prime Minister were rejected because there was no evidence of crime.

Asked whether the Prosecutor’s office listened to the argumen’s presented by members of former ruling Armenian Pan-National Movement–Mirzoyan said that he has not received any official request or appeal from them.


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