Former NKR defense Minister was sentenced to six years in prison

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A court in Yerevan sentenced on Tuesday former defense Minister of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Samvel Babayan to six years in prison on charges of money laundering and incitement to illegal acquisition of ammunition.

«Found guilty Babayan Samvel Andronikovich of committing crimes under part 1 of article 190 (legalization of proceeds of crime) and part 2 of article 38-235(incitement to illegal acquisition, storage and transportation of ammunition) the criminal code of Armenia and to sentence him to 6 years imprisonment», — has declared, disclosing a sentence, judge Arshak Vardanyan.

Earlier, the Prosecutor demanded to Babayan, do not plead guilty, to seven years in prison. Four of the defendants in the case on money laundering received suspended sentences, while two individuals accused of the illegal acquisition of weapons was sentenced to two years and three years imprisonment. The verdict can be appealed within one month.

Babayan is accused of acquisition of the Russian Federation for 2.9 thousand $ 100 previously stolen banknotes in denomination of 50 euros, which were painted with special paint and withdrawn from legal circulation. According to the materials of the case, Babayan took action on their acquisition, chemical cleaning and processing with the purpose of concealing the criminal origin of Bank notes and a further introduction on the territory of Armenia. For this, according to the investigation, he handed over for trial four banknotes specialist, who cleared the money chemical solution and returned to their Babayan.

The former head of the defense Ministry of the unrecognized NKR is charged with incitement to acquire portable anti-aircraft missile complex «Igla». The indictment indicates that Babayan promised mediator for MANPADS 50 thousand dollars. According to the materials of the case, the supplier of the weapons was assured it was transported from Georgia. Later, however, one of the mediators handed over the launcher tube «Needle» with the military missile at the national security Service of Armenia. In addition, according to the investigation, was arrested in Georgia vendor has specified the storage location on the territory of Armenia one launch tube with missile combat usable.

Babayan was the commander of the defense Army of Karabakh from 1993 to 1999 and Minister of defense from 1995 to 1999, participated in the development of almost all successful operations by the Karabakh forces, and in 1994 signed on behalf of NKR, the agreement of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh with Azerbaijan the ceasefire.

In 2000, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for organizing the assassination who was at that time President of the NKR Arkady Ghukasian, but after 4.5 years was pardoned.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous region (NKAR) announced their withdrawal from the Azerbaijani SSR. In September 1991, in the centre of Nagorno-Karabakh Stepanakert it has been declared creation of Nagorno-the Karabakh Republic (NKR). The Azerbaijani authorities during the subsequent military conflict have lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh. Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within OSCE Minsk group. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, Armenia protects interests of unrecognized Republic as Nagorno-Karabakh is not a party to the negotiations.