24 Dec 2019 12:42

Ex-Armenian president Sargsyan's nephew arrested

YEREVAN. Dec 24 (Interfax) - Narek Sargsyan, former Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan's nephew, has been arrested for two months, the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The court granted the Prosecutor General's Office motion on arresting Sargsyan for two months," the statement said.

Narek Sargsyan had earlier been declared wanted and was extradited to Yerevan from the Czech Republic on December 21.

The Prosecutor General's Office said earlier that the Czech Republic had decided to grant the motion on turning Narek Sargsyan over to Armenian law enforcement agencies for his prosecution at home. The Prosecutor General's Office instructed the police to arrange for his transportation.

Narek Sargsyan is charged with illegal storage of weapons and drug trafficking. The criminal case against him was opened in June 2018, and he was declared internationally wanted in July 2018.

Sargsyan was detained in Prague on December 6, 2018 with a fake passport issued in the name of Guatemalan citizen Franklin Gonzales. In early January 2019, the Armenian Prosecutor General's Office forwarded documents necessary for his extradition to the Czech Republic.