Prosecutor General’s Office: Elshad Abdullayev declared internationally wanted

Prosecutor General’s Office: Elshad Abdullayev declared internationally wanted
# 21 January 2015 13:33 (UTC +04:00)

The investigation into the criminal case launched by the Anti-Corruption Department under the Prosecutor General on the irregularities committed by former rector of the closed Azerbaijan International University Elshad Abdullayev and other officials of the university continues, the Prosecutor General’s Office told APA.

As a result of the investigation, it was decided to put Elshad Abdullayev in pre-trial detention under the Criminal Code’s articles 213.2.2 (tax evasion), 308.2 (abuse of service powers), 213.2.2 (reception of a bribe), 311.3.2, 311.3.3 and 29,312.2 (presentation of a bribe) as there reasonable suspicions of him abusing his service power on preliminary arrangement with a group of persons, receiving AZN 370,586 from different individuals as bribery, causing considerable damage to the rights and legal interests of individuals and law-protected state interests and evading from a great amount of taxes.

Currently, investigation is underway on the facts of illegal transfer of students to different faculties of the university, giving high points to students in end-of-course exams and corruption committed by officials of the university while issuing diplomas of higher education.

Investigation is being conducted on the criminal case launched by the Investigation Department on Grave Crimes under the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office under article# 308.2 (abuse of power) of the Criminal Code. Abdullayev was accused of abusing his power, giving illegal instruction to the officials of the Medical Center operating under the University, that doesn’t have a special permit (license) for conducting surgeries regarding transplantation of human organs or tissues, flagrantly violating the requirements of the law of Azerbaijan Republic “On transplantation of human organ and (or) tissues” entering into a criminal conspiracy with the citizens of Israel, creating conditions for surgical operations on illegal transplantation of kidneys from donors into foreign recipients, causing severe damage to the interests protected by law getting a large sum of money for each surgery without any documentation.

As employees of the university and Medical Center, and medical staff involved in surgical procedures were questioned as witnesses, forensic-medical, forensic-handwriting, technical-forensic examinations of documents were conducted and references were given, and along with other evidences the court verdict passed on Israeli and Ukrainian citizens, who entered into a criminal conspiracy with Elshad Abdullayev, for the same offences in Ukraine were also considered, it was decided on August 20, 2013 to bring Elshad Abdullayev to justice under articles #137.3 (sale and purchase of human organs and (or) tissues) and 308.2 of the Criminal Code.

The court decided to sentence Elashad Abdullayev to pre-trial detention. He has already been declared internationally wanted as he fled the country.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED