ICIJ: Armenia Re-opened the Offshore Case of Ex-Official

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists informs that the investigation of the case of the offshore companies of the former head of the Service for Compulsory Execution of Judicial Acts and ex-member of parliament Mihran Poghosyan has been re-opened. According to a publicationby ICIJ, a few months past the velvet revolution the new government started an investigation into the Panama offshore scandal involving the Republican ex-member of parliament Mihran Poghosyan.

The Special Investigative Service is looking at the link between Mihran Poghosyan and three offshore companies, as well as checking the possible cases of money laundering, ICIJ informs.

In 2016 the Hetq Newspaper published an investigation on Mihran Poghosyan’s offshore companies in Panama and accounts in Swiss banks. According to leaked papers, the Armenian government official was a shareholder of three companies incorporated in Panama:  Sigtem Real Estates Incorporated, Hopkinten Trading Incorporated, BANGIO INVEST S.A..

Poghosyan resigned from the position of head of the Service for Compulsory Execution of Judicial Acts on 18 April 2016 after this publication.

On 23 January 2017 the Special Investigative Service dismissed the case due to lack of body of crime.

In Apri 2017 Poghosyan was re-elected member of parliament and was in the Republican parliamentary group.



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