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Armenia PM summoned for questioning over wiretapping scandal

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Armenia PM summoned for questioning over wiretapping scandal

January 15, 2020 - 17:20 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was summoned to the Investigative Committee on Wednesday, January 15 within the case of the wiretapping of telephone conversations between the former director of the National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan and the head of the Special Investigation Service Sasun Khachatryan, and between Vanetsyan and Pashinyan.

A wiretapped phone conversation between Vanetsyan and Pashinyan landed online on December 5, 2018. The two appeared to be discussing individuals tied to the March 1, 2008 post-election crackdown, during which eight civilians and two police officers were killed after a standoff with security officials.

A recording of a conversation Vanetsyan had with Khachatryan was leaked on social media and went viral earlier in September 2018. The conversation, the authenticity of which was confirmed by both, centered on the same issue.

The Investigative Committee revealed in a statement that the interrogation lasted 2 hours 35 minutes.


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