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Former Armenian Ambassador to China Charged in Foreign Money Laundering Scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release on May 24 saying that Azat Martirossian, a former Armenian Ambassador to China, has been charged for his alleged participation in a scheme to launder bribe payments to foreign government officials for the benefit of a Columbus, Ohio-based subsidiary of Rolls-Royce plc, to secure a contract to supply equipment and services to power a gas pipeline from Kazakhstan to China.

Also charged with Azat Martirossian, 62, a citizen of Armenia, was Vitaly Leshkov, 50, a citizen of Russia.

Both are employees of Technical Adviser, an international engineering consulting firm.

The two are believed to be residing outside the United States.