Former Commander of Azerbaijani Naval Forces Shahin Sultanov detained

Former Commander of Azerbaijani Naval Forces Shahin Sultanov detained
# 23 April 2014 13:01 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Hafiz Heydarov – APA. Former Commander of Azerbaijani Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Shahin Sultanov has been detained.

APA reports quoting military sources that Shahin Sultanov was detained in connection with the criminal case launched by the Republic Military Prosecutor's Office.

He faces charges under articles #179.3.2 (misappropriation or embezzlement) and 313 (official forgery) of the Criminal Code.

Commander of Azerbaijani Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Shahin Sultanov was dismissed in March this year, under the order of President Ilham Aliyev.

APA earlier reported that Military Prosecutor's Office and Ministry of Finance were carrying out comprehensive inspections in Azerbaijani Naval Forces. The inspections cover the activity of the Naval Forces in the last 15 years. Investigators and representatives of the Finance Ministry questioned ship captains. As a result of initial investigation, the facts were revealed on misappropriation of a great deal of funds when Vice Admiral Shahin Sultanov was commander.

Several servicemen of the Naval Forces were detained. During inspections, a number of shortcomings were revealed regarding the repair and supply of ships. The facts are related with misuse of funds allocated for the repair of ships of in the Naval Forces, getting additional funds for maintaining ships taken out of service, purchase of a hundred tons of paint for painting ships with fake documents, carrying out repair works at the expense of ship captains, privatization of Navy-owned accommodation and caterings establishments through fake documents and others.

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