The General Prosecutor’s Office of Armenia opened a criminal case against the concealment of dual citizenship by the country’s President Armen Sarkisian. Chairman of the Union of Lawyers of the country Ara Zohrabyan announced this on May 3.
“I would like to remind you that 53 lawyers filed a complaint about a crime related to concealing the fact of Armenian President Armen Sarkisian’s dual citizenship. The Special Investigative Service (SIS) refused to open a criminal case on the basis of a statement submitted by lawyers. I inform you that the Prosecutor General’s Office canceled the decision of the CCC and opened a criminal case under Article 325 of Part 1 of the Criminal Code (“Falsification, sale or use of documents”), ”Zohrabyan wrote on his Facebook page.
“It is legitimate to suppose the protesters that Armen Sargsyan ceased to be a citizen of Great Britain not in 2011, but after that, and no other objective factual data were obtained from these materials regarding the opposite, in the conditions of which there are reasonable doubts about the inconsistency of the information provided (statements) reality, that is, sufficient grounds for initiating a criminal case under Part 1, ”the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement.
Until 2018, Sargsyan served as the ambassador of the republic to the UK. Part of his family still lives in the United Kingdom. He became the President of the Republic of Armenia since April 9, 2018.