July 30, 2012 | 16:28

YEREVAN. - The Civilitas Foundation's founder, former FM, and currently
Prosperous Armenia Party MP Vartan Oskanian petitioned to the Court of
Appeals with respect to capital city Yerevan Central and Nork Marash
Administrative Regions' General Jurisdiction Court's July 23 denial
of his petition submitted by his attorney, Tigran Atanesyan.

To note, with this petition Oskanian's lawyer was appealing the
investigator's decision to open a criminal lawsuit by the National
Security Service (NSS). And Oskanian is a witness in this case.

"The Court notes that Vardan Oskanian's rights were not violated,
which is an unreasoned conclusion. At the same time, the Court
did not reflect on and respond to the arguments of our appeal,"
Atanesyan commented.

Separately, The Civilitas Foundation's Executive Director Salpi
Ghazarian forwarded a letter to State Revenue Committee Chairman Gagik
Khachatryan, and enquired the reasons for suspending the inspections
toward the accuracy of Civilitas' interrelations with the state
budget. To note, these inspections were suspended on July 23, and
for thirty work days.

As Armenian informed earlier, on May 25 the NSS Department
of Investigation launched a criminal lawsuit on charges of money
laundering with respect to The Civilitas Foundation, and Vartan
Oskanian is mentioned in this connection.

And, in this regard, Oskanian had written the following in his
Facebook account:

"It was apparent from the content of NSS' statement issued that
I am being questioned as a suspect and not as a witness along the
lines of the criminal lawsuit that is launched. Considering this,
I decided to use my constitutional right and not to testify."

Also, he had stated that this is political persecution.