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Authorities deny “misleading” statement of Hrayr Tovmasyan’s lawyer on search warrant

Authorities deny “misleading” statement of Hrayr Tovmasyan’s lawyer on search warrant

YEREVAN, JANUARY 24, ARMENPRESS. The Special Investigations Service has denied Constitutional Court Chairman Hrayr Tovmasyan’s lawyer Amram Makinyan’s allegations that the authorities haven’t produced the court search warrant for carrying out a search operation in Tovmasyan’s apartment.

Authorities said the lawyer’s claims are “obvious disinformation”.

“We find it noteworthy to inform that the persons, including the lawyers, participating in the search conducted by the detective have been given the chance as prescribed by due process to get acquainted with the warrant,” the Special Investigations Service said,

“We urge Hrayr Tovmasyan’s defense team to act within the framework of law and refrain from making false and misleading statements,” the agency said.

Earlier, Tovmasyan’s lawyer Makinyan spoke to reporters outside the Constitutional Court president’s apartment and said that the detectives have arrived to conduct a search. “There is a court warrant. The search hasn’t yet started because the head of the investigative group is obstructing the full exercise of our rights. Particularly, Tovmasyan and one of his other lawyers Mihran Poghosyan haven’t been enabled to get acquainted with the court warrant in its entirety. We have filed a respective motion”.

Tovmasyan is charged with misconduct in a criminal investigation into an alleged crime committed during his tenure as minister of justice.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

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