YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Compared to 1995–the number of criminal acts committed within the Armenian army increased by as much as 6.9 percent last year. The nature of the crimes is broad based–with a 66 percent of all the reported crimes concentrating on personnel who were AWOL. The rest of the crimes were of general nature–and all were committed by army personnel–reported Military Procurator Gevork Markarian.
Crimes such as military service evasion–as well as other serious crimes are on a rise–Markarian said. Last year 73 criminal proceedings were instituted in connection with murders and murder attempts in the army. Of this number 14 cases have been assigned to the courts–14 are being investigated–and the rest were dismissed for the lack of strong evidence. Three death sentences were issued last year.
In response to media concerns of inefficient organization and corrupt military police–who rely on bribery and abuse for evidence–Markarian noted that a reshuffling of the procurator’s office is planned. According to him–16 individuals–among whom were the procurators of Zangezour–Sevan and Yerevan–had already been fired.
When confronted by journalists regarding violations in the army–Markarian suggested members of press submit available facts to the military procurator’s office.