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Armenian Meat Factory Director Arrested Over Army Supply Fraud


Nagorno-Karabakh -- Soldiers' training at a military base in the north of Nagorno-Karabakh, 13Jul2012

Nagorno-Karabakh -- Soldiers' training at a military base in the north of Nagorno-Karabakh, 13Jul2012

Authorities in Armenia have arrested a senior manager at a private company suspected of fraud in supplying the army under a government contract.

Albert Ohanjanian, the director of Kapan’s meat factory, was charged last month as part of an ongoing investigation into reported supplies of buffalo meat officially presented as beef to one of the central army storehouses.

Mary Sargsian, a senior officer at the Investigation Department of Armenia’s Ministry of Defense, told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service (Azatutyun.am) on Wednesday that several officials who are now under investigation also face charges in the case.

The criminal proceedings were launched last June following media reports about slaughterhouses supplying frozen buffalo meat to army units.

Problems of misuse in state purchases and, in particular, in the procurement of the army were highlighted by Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian at an emergency meeting with the government on September 15. Earlier that month Sarkisian sacked a senior army general in charge of procurement matters.
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