Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. The Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Wednesday continued the preparatory hearing in the case of Vidadi Zeynalov, former head of the Office of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, and other people arrested alongside him.
Zeynalov’s attorneys demanded the arrest on his property be lifted, former minister of communications and high technologies Ali Abbasov and his deputy Iltimas Mammadov be questioned in court, and Zeynalov’s pretrial detention be commuted to house arrest.
The attorneys said the house built by Zeynalov’s father in 1941 and his relative’s properties were put under arrest illegally.
They went on to mention that Ali Abbasov and Iltimas Mammadov were interrogated during an investigation but were not called to court as witnesses.
Zeynalov’s attorney Beyler Mamishov said Ali Abbasov has been made to pay 6,836,540 manats in compensation for the damages caused to state as a consequence of illegal activities in the ministry. He held that Ali Abbasov should be allowed to speak in court.
Lawyers of Anar Mustafayev, Gambar Beybalayev, Namazali Mammadov and Jalil Jafarov filed a petition asking the court to commute their pre-trial detention to home arrest and to return the case back to the preliminary investigation.
The hearing will be continued in the second half of the day.
A series of investigative operations had discovered that in 2009-2015 the director general of Baku Telephone Network Production Association Beytullah Huseynov, entered into a criminal conspiracy with the director of “BakÄ± 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 Beytullah 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 QurashdÄ±rma”.
The director general of Baku Telephone Network Production Association Beytullah Huseynov, the director of “BakÄ± 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.