Sadoyan “Hayots Ashkharh” Retract Statemen’s

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The former prime minister and current leader of the "Liberty" party–Hrant Bagratian applied to the Prosecutor General’s Office recently demanding that a criminal case be instituted in connection with an article in the "Hayots Ashkharh" daily. The article was entitled "You return what you stole and we’ll pay taxes." Bagratian is also targeting the statement of Arshak Sadoyan in an interview to the "Armenia" TV Channel. Some media reports said the Prosecutor’s Office rejected the claim as Arshak Sadoyan and the newspaper retracted their critical statemen’s. Arshak Sadoyan–in particular–said that during his speech he made public the facts revealed by the parliament’s interim commission on energy. As for the statement according to which "Bagratian increased his share by means of studying the deal of the processing of crude oil"–Sadoyan explained that this expression was used figuratively.

The editor-in-chief of the "Hayots Ashkharh" daily newspaper–Gagik Mkrtchian–said that the paper did not pursue the goal of slander Hrant Bagratian but only re-printed the content of the report of the interim commission. In addition–the article did not mention a single time that it was Bagratian who stole anything.

The Prosecutor General’s Office–finding no corpus delicti in what Arshak Sadoyan and "Hayots Ashkharh" editors did–refused to initiate a criminal case against them.

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