YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — An army general and two other senior Armenian Defense Ministry officials have been arrested in separate corruption investigations conducted by law-enforcement authorities, it emerged on June 1.
was taken into custody late Monday, 10 days after being sacked as head of the ministry’s Department of Armaments which deals with storage, maintenance and repair of weapons and ammunition supplied to the Armenian armed forces.
Also arrested was Col. Armen Markarian, one of Chilingarian’s subordinates who was in charge of vehicles used by the army. Markarian was fired earlier in May.
Armenia’s Investigative Committee said the two men are suspected of abuse of power that resulted in “severe consequences.”
The third suspect, Col. Mher Papian, holds a senior position in the Defense Ministry’s Department on Material-Technical Procurements tasked with arms procurements. He was detained as part of a separate inquiry conducted by the Investigative Committee. The law-enforcement agency said Papian may face prosecution on charges of “negligent attitude towards military service” which also led to “severe consequences.”
A spokeswoman for the committee said that investigators will specifically look into the quality of various items which the arrested officials provided to the Armed Forces and determine whether they were purchased at inflated prices. She did not go into details.