March 3, 2021 - 16:59 AMT
Prosecutor's office denies arrest warrant against top military chief

Rumors alleging that an arrest warrant has been issued against the Chief of the Army General Staff Onik Gasparyan are not true, no criminal case has been launched, an aide to the Prosecutor General of Armenia, Gor Abrahamyan, has said, according to

“Criminal proceedings are not initiated on the basis of instructions from persons who are not subjects of the criminal procedural case. They are initiated solely on the basis of the fact of a crime. No criminal proceedings have been initiated against Onik Gasparyan, ”Abrahamyan said n Wednesday, March 3.

Armenia is facing a serious political crisis after the country's top military brass demanded Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's resignation. The PM, claimed, however, that he had already dismissed the chief of the Army General Staff. On March 2, President Sarkissian decided to not sign the draft decree on Gasparyan's dismissal, but file an application with the Constitutional Court to determine whether the law "On Military Service and Status of Military Servant" from November 15, 2017 complies with the Armenian Constitution. The General Staff said Wednesday Gasparyan will hold his post until the application filed by the President is being processed by the Constitutional Court within eight days.