Criminal proceedings initiated on Karine Harutyunyan’s death at hospital from snakebite17:08, November 30, 2015 | News, Own news | Right to an Effective Remedy of Legal Protection, Right to Life
HCA Vanadzor supports protection of the violated rights of Karine Harutyunyan from Surenavan village who died from snakebite in August 2015 at Erebuni Medical Center after being transferred there from Ararat Hospital Medical Center.
As we have already informed, K. Harutyunyan’s son, Gagik Tadevosyan, appealed to RA Prosecutor General G. Kostanyan the decree of G. Mghdesyan, Investigator at the Investigative Division of Erebuni and Nubarashen administrative districts of Yerevan Investigative Department, RA Investigative Committee dated August 30, 2015 on dismissing initiation of criminal proceedings and required to annul the decree above and initiate criminal proceedings under Article 130(2) /failure to fulfill or properly fulfill professional duties by medical and support personnel, which caused through negligence the patient’s death/, RA Criminal Code. The RA Prosecutor General’s Office readdressed the appeal to RA Yerevan City Prosecutor’s Office. After examining the materials prepared under K. Harutyunyan’s death and considering G. Tadevosyan’s appeal, RA Yerevan City acting Prosecutor G. Baghdasaryan decreed to annul G. Mghdesyan’s decree on dismissing initiation of criminal proceedings and initiate criminal proceedings under Article 130(2), RA Criminal Code. In his decree, G. Baghdasaryan noted that during preparation of the materials, the investigation failed to consider whether the actions of the medical staff of Ararat Hospital Medical Center were lawful. In particular, the investigation failed to answer the questions below: in what condition K. Harutyunyan was admitted in the medical center, what medical care she received there and who provided such care, why and on whose initiative K. Harutyunyan was transferred to Erebuni Medical Center, whether she was transferred in due time or not. G. Baghdasaryan found that the prepared materials constituted prima facie evidence that the actions of the doctors who provided medical aid to K. Harutyunyan contained corpus delicti under Article 130(2), RA Criminal Code, and this was subject to a final check through full, impartial and comprehensive investigation.
We hope that during the preliminary investigation under the initiated criminal proceedings, the investigating agency will comply with its duty to carry out an impartial, full and comprehensive investigation and take every necessary measure to reveal the real circumstances of K. Harutyunyan’s death and hold the guilty persons criminally liable.