Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. The Baku Court of Grave Crimes continued on Monday the trial in the criminal case involving Vidadi Zeynalov, former head of the Office of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, and other people arrested alongside him.
Commenting on the indictment, Jalil Jafarov, Gambar Beybalayev and Sahrab Humbatov, who are involved in the criminal case, pleaded not guilty.
Then, the director general of Baku Telephone Network Production Association, Beytullah Huseynov, gave testimony at the hearing, noting that he is ready to compensate the damage.
“I don’t agree on the figures reflected in the indictment, they have been exaggerated. The average monthly salary in Baku Telephone Network Production Association was 700 manats in 2015. I reached to this post in stages. We have agreed with the ministry that they would take 80 percent of the revenues and leave 20 percent to us. Ali Abbasov also testified about this matter. Six percent of our funds remain in telephone units and we have given another four percent as a package. I’m ready to pay for whatever damage I have caused to government. We installed telephone lines for families of martyrs and the disabled. We had been given special instructions during the European Games. The customer was Azeryolservis OJSC. We did the job but we couldn’t get four percent of the due amount. We were rewarded by government. I’m a veteran of the Karabakh War. Please consider this,” he said.
Answering the prosecutor’s questions, Huseynov said the order had been given by the administration, adding that he gave the administration 22-24 million manats, not 10 million. But he did not mention who he gave the money.
“The amount I embezzled is 2.8 million manats and I will pay it back soon,” he said.
Huseynov said he has not yet received the 4.6 million manats for the job he did during the European Games.
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 “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 Beytulla 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.