YEREVAN—Former President Serzh Sarkisian’s younger brother Aleksander and his son, Hayk, were detained Wednesday by Armenia’s National Security Service.
The news was first reported by Armenia’s Public Television channel H1.
According to the report Aleksander Sarkisian and his son were escorted from the former’s Yerevan residence by the head of Special Investigation Service of the NSS, Mikael Hambardzumyan and were taken into custody.
The NSS agents confiscated several bags from the residence containing firearms.
Last week, Aleksander Sarkisian, who is known as “Sashik” and Serzh Sarkisian’s bodyguard, Vachakan Ghazaryan were taken into custody on weapons possession charges. Sarkisian was released shortly.
Last Wednesday, Ghazaryan was formally charged with illegally enriching himself, and investigation into $2 million cash seized from him is still pending.
Late last week, Armenia’s State Revenue Committee launched criminal proceedings against Serzh Sarkisian’s other younger brother, Levon and his family shortly after announcing that a company linked to Levon Sarkisian has been fined 800 million drams ($1.7 million) for tax evasion.