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Ashot Sukiasyan, Armenian businessman involved in 'offshore scandal' detained

  • by Nana Martirosyan

  • Saturday, February 1, 16:34

Ashot Sukiasyan, Armenian businessman, has been detained in cooperation with the Georgian Police, the Armenian Police press-service told ArmInfo.

On 17 June the Criminal Investigation Department at the Armenian Police filed charges against Ashot Sukiasyan. Particularly, the businessman was accused of large-scale fraud, large-scale property damage, and money laundry. 

To recall, Pailak Hayrapetyan, businessman, the owner of Hayastan Universal Shop, applied to the Police a couple of years ago against Ashot Sukiasyan. Hayrapetyan claimed that Sukiasyan deceived him, made him mortgage his property in Ameriabank, and took the money allegedly to import rough diamonds from Sierra Leone. However, Sukiasyan took Hayrapetyan's money and escaped. 

According to the publication of hetq.am website, the businessman is the owner of Cyprus-registered offshore company WLISPERA HOLDINGS LIMITED. Others co-owners are Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, the head of the Ararat Diocese, Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan. This company has a direct relation to the bankruptcy of businessman Pailak Hayrapetyan.  Both Kchoyan and Sargsyan have repeatedly denied their share in the offshore company. 

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