Head of Armenia NSA refutes information about Zap’s assistance in detaining Serzh Sargsyan’s nephew

Head of Armenia NSA refutes information about Zap’s assistance in detaining Serzh Sargsyan’s nephew
Narek Sargsyan and Andranik Sogoyan (Zap)

December 7, Narek Sargsyan was detained in Prague by law enforcement bodies of Armenia, Czech police, and the Interpol National Bureau. It was immediately reported that Narek Sargsyan was ratted out by thief in law Andranik Sogoyan, who is familiar with Czech realities.

The information that Narek Sargsyan was caught in Prague thanks to thief in law Andranik Sogoyan aka Zap is not true. Head of the National Security Council of Armenia Artur Vanetsyan announced this at a press conference on Saturday, Sputnik-Armenia reports.

The nephew of ex-President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan became a defendant in the criminal case of purchase, storage, sale, and transport of weapons, ammunition, explosives, as well as narcotic substances in June 2018. He was put on the wanted list shortly after the initiation of the case.

December 7, Narek Sargsyan was detained in Prague by law enforcement bodies of Armenia, Czech police, and the Interpol National Bureau. He had a passport in the name of a Guatemala citizen Franklin Gonzalez. Shortly afterwards, Zhamanak reported that it was vor Andranik Sogoyan (Zap), who had acquired extensive connections for many years of criminal activity in the Czech Republic, who turned Narek Sargsyan over to the police. According to local media, after opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan came to power, Zap had already got across to new Armenian authorities.

To recall, in 2009, Andranik Sogoyan returned to Armenia from the Czech Republic, where he was accused of murder. In 2013, he was sentenced in absentia to 22 years’ imprisonment. Czech authorities contacted Armenia with a request for the extradition of the vor. However, as strange as it may sound, Armenian authorities refused to cooperate with the Czechs, and Sogoyan remained in his homeland.

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