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RA IC Chairman Aghvan Hovsepyan held consultation on criminal case initiated on explosion in “Burger King” food center (video)

04.04.2018 16:07

The Chairman of the RA Investigative Committee Aghvan Hovsepyan today held a consultation to discuss the investigatory actions conducted in the framework of the criminal case initiated on explosion that took place on the evening of April 2 at the food center “Burger King” located at 5, Northern Avenue of Yerevan. The RA IC Deputy Chairman Aram Tamazyan, Head of General Department of Control over Activity of Territorial Investigative Department Tatul Petrosyan, Head of the Investigative Division of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan Investigative Department Vigen Mesropyan, senior investigator Garik Nahapetyan took part in the consultation.

A criminal case was initiated in the RA IC Investigative Division of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan Investigative Department on explosion according to the Point 2 of the Part 2 of the Article 279 of RA Criminal Code, an investigatory plan was worked out, the videos captured by the cameras located at the food center were confiscated. 8 people who had sustained bodily injuries of different gravity were found the injured party.

During consultation the investigator presented the investigatory actions conducted to find out the causes of the explosion that took place at a public place, working hypotheses, the results of work performed to verify them. Pursuant to initial hypothesis at the food center “Burger King” beer pressure suppression barrel exploded and explosion technical examination was commissioned to find the causes.

In the result of investigation it was found that in November, 2017 the food center «Burger King» received permission of sale of alcoholic drinks as prescribed by law the term of which expired in December, 2017. After it the company applied for term extension, however it continued providing service without receiving the reply.  

The RA IC Chairman gave certain instructions on necessary investigatory actions to provide the comprehensive, complete and objective investigation of the case. Particularly, to find whether “Burger King” had the right to continue the sale of alcoholic drinks without receiving the reply of the application, on the application processed by the competent bodies, why the applicant had not been informed about the results of application consideration, whether the conditions created at the food center for selling alcoholic drinks, including beer had been inspected, whether there are security conditions for barrel use, if there are, who is responsible for barrel installation work, security of use and so on.

Several hypotheses have been worked out to find out the causes of explosion and conditions contributing to it and investigatory actions of great volume are conducted.

The RA IC Chairman instructed to periodically provide the public with information about the results of preliminary investigation as much as permissible without putting the further conduction of comprehensive and objective investigation in danger.  

Attached shots from the scene.



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