Imprisoned generals of Azerbaijani national security ministry review case files

# 12:10
22 December 2016

The preliminary investigation into the criminal case against the former chief of the Monitoring Center of the liquidated National Security Ministry of Azerbaijan, Major General Teymur Guliyev, the former head of the ministry’s Main Directorate for Combating Transnational Economic Crime, Major General Subahir Gurbanov, the chief of the ministry’s Operational and Technical Department, Major General Natavan Murvatova, and several others arrested alongside them.


The defendants and their lawyers have already reviewed the case files. The indictment was confirmed by the investigative body. The criminal case will be sent to the Baku Military Court for consideration in the coming days.  


Twenty-one former employees of the liquidated National Security Ministry faced charges under the relevant articles of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan, the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement on November 25, 2015.


A preventive measure in the form arrest was chosen against 19 of them, while one of them was released on recognizance not to leave. Another employee, who evaded from investigation, was arrested in absentia and put on wanted list.


Some 57 people are recognized as victims of illegal actions of the ministry’s ex-employees. The amount of damage caused to them is estimated at tens of millions of manats.  


The detainees are charged under articles 179.3.1, 179.3.2 (embezzlement by an organized group on a large scale), 181.3.1, 181.3.2 (robbery, committed by an organized group, with a view to seizing 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, storage and carrying fire arms, bladed weapons), 302.1, 302.2 (infringement of the legislation on operative-search activity with the use of technical means, intended for secret information), 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4 (reception of a bribe, committed by a group of persons or an organized group repeatedly or on a large scale, using threats), 313 (service forgery), and 341.2.1, 341.2.2, 341.2.3 (abusing authority, excess or inactivity of authority, committed by a group of persons with the use of weapons, resulted in grave consequences).


Currently, Baku’s Sabunchu district court continues trial in the criminal case involving the former head of the ministry’s Main Directorate for Energy and Transport Security, Major General Akif Chovdarov, the former employee of the Main Directorate for Energy and Transport Security, Colonel Salim Mammadov, the former department head, Major Akif Aliyev, and the formed department head, Orkhan Osmanov.


Separate criminal proceedings were initiated against the formed of the ministry’s Antiterrorist Center, Major General Elchin Guliyev, and several others.