Court Decided to Remand in Custody Ara Vardanyan, Ex-director of Armenia Fund


The Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction has decided today to remand in custody the former director of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Ara Vardanyan who had been released on bail earlier, Pastinfo informed, referring to Yervand Varosyan, Ara Vardanyan’s attorney.

“Ara Vardanyan was also charged under Article 179 Para 3 of the Criminal Code, allegedly embezzlement. In fact, the occasion for charges was the circumstance of failure to supply the production of one of the enterprises reporting to the fund to the addressees to which Ara Vardanyan could not have been connected. The investigative body too did not submit any evidence to the court as to how Ara Vardanyan may have been related to a supposed case of embezzlement. We also think it is not accidental that when the judges were in the consultation room, the employees accompanying Ara Vardanyan to the penitentiary arrived…”

The advocate of the former director of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund posted on Facebook that he thinks the charges, as well as the decision to remand in custody the person who did not breach any condition of the bail is evidence that the reason is the recent publications by Ara Vardanyan.

“Besides, like this process, the circulation of information defaming Armenia All-Armenian Fund on other criminal cases (including through the Azerbaijani presenting himself as an Armenian American) allow stating that the purpose of this is to harm the reputation of the fund ahead of the upcoming annual telethon,” Yervand Varosyan wrote.

Ara Vardanyan’s advocates are Yervand Varosyan and Lusine Sahakyan.

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