• Civilitas members invited to NSS for questioning

    A group of members of the Civilitas Foundation have been invited to the National Security Service in connection with the controversial money laundering case involving Armenia’s former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and his Civilitas Foundation.

    The group invited for questioning includes former and present members of the Foundation – Vahan Khachatryan, Karine Harutyunyan, Tigran Karapetyan and Vahe Aghabekyants, the Foundation’s press service reports.

    Vartan Oskanian was summoned to the National Security Service (NSS) on October 8 and formally charged with misappropriating $1.4 million donated by a U.S. philanthropist to his Yerevan-based Civilitas Foundation in late 2010. Earlier, Armenia’s parliament had stripped him of his immunity.

    He denies the charges against him, regarding them as political persecution aimed at damaging him and his Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) ahead of the 2013 presidential election in the country.