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$412,000 financial fraud exposed in APFP - OFFICIAL STATEMENT


"As a result of the investigative measures taken by prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to detect and prevent crimes committed against the economic interests of the country, a sufficient body of evidence has been gathered with regard to functioners of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP) Ali Karimli, Ganimat Zayidov, Saleh Rustamov, Vidadi Rustamli, Agil Maharramov, Ruslan Nasirov, Babek Hasanov and others, Baku city residents Jeyhun Huseynov, Rauf Isgandarov, Heydar Ahmadov, Tural Mehdikhanov legalizing a large amount of dirty money gained from illegal entrepreneurship activities to finance events held in our country and abroad against our state, statehood and national interests,” the Prosecutor General's Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs said in a joint statement on Saturday, APA reports.

 

According to the statement, Salih Rustamov, who lives in the Russian Federation, has propagated in Russia for the funding of the APFP’s activities.

 

Saleh Rustamov has delivered $ 30,000, which he collected from different Azerbaijani citizens every month, to Vidadi Rustamov through Jeyhun Huseynov, Rauf Isgandarov, Heydar Ahmadov and Tural Mehdikhanov, who were engaged in illegal money transferring in Baku.

 

This money then reached Agil Maharramov, Ruslan Nasirov, Babak Hasanov, and to APFP functioners. They are suspected of spending $412,000 of that money on the APFP and legalizing large amounts of dirty money.

 

During interrogation, Babek Hasanov, Ruslan Nasirov, and Agil Maharramov admitted their acts, stating that they received the money sent by Saleh Rustamov from Moscow from Vidadi Rustamli and delivered it to Ali Karimli and others. Their homes were searched and a number of bank cards and other documents were found as evidence of illegal money circulation and legalization of dirty money.

 

Charged under Articles 192.3.2, 193-1.3.1 and 193-1.3.2, Saleh Rustamov, Vidadi Rustamli, Agil Maharramov, Ruslan Nasirov, and Babek Hasanov have been remanded.

 

Search is underway for Eltaj Alisoy, who has evaded from investigation.

 

The detainees’ right to defence, legal assistance, etc. are fully ensured.

 

Some information released by mass media outlets or posted on social networking sites are aimed at influencing the investigation and politicizing the case.

 

Saleh Rustamov was head of the Gadabay district executive authority in 1992-1993.

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