Trial of Azerbaijani ministry’s ex-official proceeds - UPDATED

Trial of Azerbaijani ministry’s ex-official proceeds   - UPDATED
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The Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Wednesday continued the trial 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.

 

Defendant Emin Mammadov said the report that he has embezzled 2,300,000 manats with Beytulla Huseynov is untrue.  

 

“I have packed the money which was of the company’s revenues and gave it to Beytulla Huseynov. I got 2,000 manats per month. We worked together for a while and then we stopped. I’ve heard the “package” thing here. Our fault is that there was no one in the ministry to supervise the construction. There had to be someone, at least a deputy minister. I was given money, I can’t deny it, but I had worked. I paid off the taxes but the investigators increased the amount by 80 percent,” he added.  

 

The process will be continued on December 9.

 

 

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The Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Wednesday continued the trial 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.

 

Sahrab Humbatov, former chief accountant for Optik RabitÉ™ Tikinti QuraÅŸdırma LLC, testified and said his salary was 400 manats and that embezzled the 32,400 manats mentioned in the bill of indictment. “My daughter is ill. I would visit Mr Namazali whenever I was in need of money for her treatment,” he said.

 

Humbatov said he did not try to embezzle the 6,900,000 manats and has no idea of what is accused of. “The Ministry of Communications and High Technologies owed us 16,000,000 manats at the time I got arrested.”

 

He confirmed his testimony to investigation. Namazali Mammadov added that he gave the money from his own budget for help.

 

Defendant Emin Mammadov, former head of RabitÉ™ Mülki Tikinti LLC, testified saying the indictment is baseless.

 

“Extra expenditures have not been counted, nor the factors written correctly. Justice must be observed when arresting people. I haven’t deviated from the line,” he said.

 

The trial will be continued later in the day.

 

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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