Official investigation launched against head of Amulsar investigation team

Panorama, Armenia
Sept 2 2019

An official investigation has been launched against Yura Ivanyan, the head of the investigation team dealing with the Amulsar gold mine project, Investigative Committee spokesperson Naira Harutyunyan told Panorama.am.

The official said the investigation is set to check the accuracy of the information about Harutyunyan’s alleged partiality in the case.

Yura Ivanyan heads the Department of Investigation of Corruption-Related Crimes, Crimes against Property and Cybercrimes at the Investigative Committee.

The move comes after an article published on the Infocom information platform that pointed to a kinship between the top investigator and former Minister of Ecology Aramayis Grigoryan, who initially approved the gold mine operator Lydian’s Environmental Impact Assessment evaluation.

The Investigative Committee confirmed the information but dismissed as ‘unreasonable’ the claims that this fact could have affected the objectivity of the investigation into the gold mine project. 

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