Government Commission on Corruption Steps up Investigations

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–A government study unveiled on Wednesday revealed that 544 internal investigations were launched into the performance of several Armenian government agencies.

The chairman of a presidential commission that monitors the implementation of the government’s anti-corruption policy–Bagrat Yesayan–said the investigations involved customs and national security services–tax committees–the police force–the prosecutors office–and civil servant agency. As a result of the investigations–538 employees have received administrative penalties.

According to official figures presented by Yesayan–Armenian law-enforcement authorities identified and solved 227 corruption cases from January through June. He said most of those cases involve embezzlement and waste of government resources. Two of the cases have resulted in prison sentences for related charges.

An official report cited by Yesayan says five other individuals were prosecuted for accepting bribes.

Yesayan said 288 additional complaints were received about poor performance involving employees of the involved agencies; 247 of those involve police officers.

He stressed that the population is not active in reporting abuse by government and other officials.

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