Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. The amount has been revealed of the damage caused to the state caused by Akif Chovdarov, former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, and other ex-employees of the ministry, who were arrested alongside with him.
The indictment, obtained by APA, revealed that those persons deliberately violated the requirements of the legal act “On rules and regulations on expenditures for operational search activities”, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 28 November 2002.
In 2013-2015, these individuals, under the pretext of carrying out operational search activities and awarding those temporarily involved in the operations, took 920,000 manats, 455,000 US dollars and 790,000 euros of state budget funds from the cash office of the ministry’s finance department.
The imprisoned former head of the second department of the main energy and transport security directorate Akif Aliyev said in his testimony that he took 890,000 manats, 405,000 US dollars and 790,000 euros from the cash office of the finance department on the basis of the powers of attorney granted by Chovdarov and gave him the money without any documentation. Aliyev also noted that he knows none of the persons who received a one-time premium under the instruction of Chovdarov, and then the relevant documents were destroyed after Chovdarov reported to the minister.
In his testimony, the imprisoned former head of the first department of the main directorate Salim Mammadov noted that he gave Chovdarov a total of 50,000 US dollars that he had taken from the finance department’s cash office on the basis of the power of attorney, issued by Chovdarov to award an individual temporarily involved in the operation and whom he didn’t know, without any documentation. Though he didn’t know to whom the money had been given, he made a false report, which indicated it would be given to an individual temporarily involved in the operation, and sent it to the finance department.
During the investigation it was found out that over 2.9 million manats had been embezzled by abuse of power.
According to the indictment, Chovdarov illegally acquired batons from an unknown source and kept in his house.
Akif Chovdarov faces charges under Articles 145.3 (illegal deprivation of freedom of a person, causing to the death of the victim or other serious consequences by negligence), 179.3.1, 179.3.2 (embezzlement or waste by an organized group on a large scale), 181.3.1, 181.3.2 (robbery committed by an organized group in order to seize the property on a large scale), 182.3.1, 182.3.2 (extortion, committed by an organized group in order to obtain property on a large scale), 228.4 (illegal purchase, selling or carrying of gas weapon, cold steel, including throwing weapon), 302.1, 302.2 (implementation operative - search actions by not authorized persons, as well as implementation of these actions by authorized persons, but without grounds provided by the legislation, entailed essential, and the same acts committed with use of special means, intended for secret dredging the information), 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4 (bribe-taking by a group of persons on preliminary arrangement, committed repeatedly on a large scale with the use of threats), 313 (service forgery), 341.2.1, 341.2.2, 241.2.3 (abusing authority, excess or inactivity of authority committed by a group of persons, committed with the use of weapons, resulted in grave consequences) of the Criminal Code. The former head of the first department of the ministry’s main directorate Salim Mammadov is charged under articles 145.3, 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.1, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 313, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3; the former head of the second department Akif Aliyev is charged under articles 145.3, 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 313, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3; the former deputy head of the first division of the third department Orkhan Osmanov is charged under 145.3, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3.
The court ordered seizure on property and cash worth of 33,466,000 manats, trade and service sectors, greenhouses, aquaculture farms and other property complexes, land plots worth of 8,967,000 manats, private houses, apartments and vehicles worth of 24,445,000 manats, jewelry worth of 37,000 manats belonging to the accused persons –- Akif Chovdarov, Salim Mammadov, Akif Aliyev and Orkhan Osmanov to compensate damage caused to the aggrieved persons.