The National Security Authority of Armenia said on Saturday that it had arrested Stepan Kalestyan, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces, in connection with the embezzlement case.
In a statement, the authority stated that Kalestian was suspected of abusing power and falsifying official documents, which led to huge material losses. The statement added that the commission had asked the judiciary to arrest Kalistian as a precautionary measure.
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On Friday, the Armenian newspaper “Graparak” reported the arrest of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff and the search of his house.
Calestian is suspected of embezzling a sum of money equivalent to about $4.7 million, and of supplying unusable artillery shells to the Ministry of Defense.
According to the articles of the criminal case, Kalestian made agreements with the Ministry to supply artillery shells manufactured in the 1980s, but the shells supplied to the Ministry were manufactured in 1977 and intended for Czech guns and not suitable for the guns currently used in the Armenian army.
It is reported that on September 30, David Tonoyan, the former Defense Minister of Armenia, and David Kalestyan, director of an arms supplier company, were arrested after they were arrested by the National Security Agency in the same criminal case.