Trial proceeds for Azerbaijani ministry’s ex-official accused of embezzlement

Trial proceeds for Azerbaijani ministry’s ex-official accused of embezzlement
# 28 December 2016 09:49 (UTC +04:00)

The Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Wednesday continued the trial in the criminal case involving Vidadi Zeynalov, chief of the Office of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, and other people arrested alongside him.

Witnesses gave testimony at the trial presided over by judge Afgan Hajiyev.

Witness Ramiz Guliyev said that he was engaged in construction work in Azerpoct LLC. He said that 35 percent of the funds allocated by the ministry for construction work have been given back.

Asgar Guliyev, ex-head of the branch No.1 of Azerpoct LLC, said that he hadn’t given money to Azerpoct director general Gambar Baybalayev.

Subhan Kazimov, former deputy director of Azerpoct LLC, said that tenders were held among the companies specified by the ministry.

Jafar Namazov, former head of Transservis LLC, said in 2010 he was assigned to cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies.

“Upon request of a person, our company started repair work in a post office. Then we cooperated with Aztelekom. We gave 35 percent of the funds allocated for construction and repair work to chief accountant Ogtay Rustamov. Nearly 50,000 manats were allocated for this purpose. And I gave its 35 percent to Ogtay Rustamov. Later, I knew that the money was illegal,” he added.

The trial will be resumed on Dec. 30.

A series of investigative operations had discovered that in 2009-2015, the director general of Baku Telephone Network Production Association Beytulla Huseynov, entered into a criminal conspiracy with the director of “Bakı Rabite Temir Tikinti” and “Temir Techizat Servis” companies Bayram Valiyev, the director of "3 nomreli Rabite Temir Tikinti” and “Rabite Mulki Tikinti” companies Emin Mammadov and the chief accountant of the Baku Telephone Network Production Association Anar Mustafayev, gave them a project for the implementation of works on the new telephone lines and installation of new equipment. According to the agreement concluded between them, 35-45% are listed on the accounts of these companies means then had to be returned in cash to Beytullah Huseynov. After that Beytullah Huseynov, abusing official powers and organizing sham tenders issued forged documents, which indicated that the work for the fiber-optic lines for the Internet were carried out by companies controlled by him, though in reality, these works were carried out by local telephone networks. Because of these machinations Beytulla Huseynov misappropriated 21,379,000 of 71,263 million manats, transfers to accounts controlled by him LLC. However, investigators have reason to suspect that the Chief of Staff of the Ministry Vidadi Zeynalov, processing government orders to close the company itself and increasing their value by 4-5 times, misappropriated 73.59 million manats.

The investigation revealed cases of appropriation of budgetary funds and forgery in “Aztelekom” LLC, “AzÄ°nTelekom” LLC, Center for information and calculations, “Optik Rabite Tikinti ve Qurashdırma”.

The director general of Baku Telephone Network Production Association Beytulla Huseynov, the director of “Bakı Rabite Temir Tikinti” and “Temir Techizat Servis” companies Bayram Valiyev, the director of "3 nomreli Rabite Temir Tikinti” and “Rabite Mulki Tikinti” companies Emin Mammadov and the chief accountant of the Baku Telephone Network Production Association Anar Mustafayev are charged under articles 179.3.2 (embezzlement on a large scale), 308.2 (abuse of power) and 313 (forgery) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.

The head of the ministry’s Office Vidadi Zeynalov, the director general of AzInTelekom LLC Jalil Jafarov, the director general of Azerpocht LLC Gambar Beybalayev face charges under articles 179.3.2 and 308.2. A preventive measure in the form of arrest has been chosen against all of those persons.

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