State revenue committee employees detained on charges of abuse of power

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YEREVAN, September 1. /ARKA/. Three employees of Armenia’s State Revenue Committee identified as V.A., G.M. and A.T. were detained as part of a criminal case being investigated by the Special Investigation Service (SIS) of Armenia.

They are suspected of abusing official power and complicity in the abuse of official power, SIS said in a statement today.
According to SIS, V.A. who served as head of the customs point in Bagratashen on the border with Georgia and the other two employees, one of whom was customs inspector, allowed a truck with 1,150 containers of cooking oil to enter the territory of Armenia through the checkpoint without filling out a declaration in January 2020.

As a result, the owner of the cargo evaded paying taxes and other mandatory payments in the amount of over 16 million drams.

In addition, the employees allowed 680 tons of oil to be transported to the country through the same customs checkpoint in January and March. Because of this, about 28.4 million drams of taxes and other mandatory payments were not paid to the state budget.

SIS said the preliminary investigation continues.

A suspect or accused of an alleged crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty according to a court ruling that has entered into legal force, in accordance with the procedure established by the Criminal Procedure Code of Armenia ($1 – 487.2 drams).

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