Damage from corruption crimes detected in Armenia in 2018 totals over AMD 84 billion

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Fake US dollar notes showing the head of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan with a long nose are spread across a street leading to a building of Erdogan's AK ruling party during a protest against corruption in Ankara on February 28, 2014. Protestors took to the streets for the fourth consecutive day day in protest against Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government after corruption allegations against the prime minister surfaced.AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. Armenian Prosecutor General Arthur Davtyan convened a meeting of the board to discuss the office’s activity in 2018 and summarize the results of the struggle against crimes, the press service of the prosecutor general’s office reports.

The Head of the Special Investigative Sasun Khachatryan and representatives of the Police Department were present at the meeting.

It was said at the meeting that the number of crimes grew 11.2% in 2018, compared with the previous year because of increase in major and medium-gravity crimes, while the number of minor and gravest crimes shrank.

The number of murders and intended bodily harm cases as well as firearms, armament and drugs trafficking reduced as well.

Instead, attempted killings with the use of fire arms, home burglaries and fatal traffic accidents became more frequent in 2018.

Significant success was recorded in struggle against corruption. The crime detection rate as well as the rate of opened criminal cases and the number of prosecuted officials increased several times.

The opened corruption-related criminal cases revealed the damage to the country’s budget amounting to AMD 84.869.951.060, of which AMD 27.775.221.334 were returned. ($1 – AMD 489.38).

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