New details emerge in case of Azerbaijani ministry’s ex-official arrested on numerous charges

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3 November 2016

Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. New details emerged in the criminal case of the former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security, who was arrested on numerous charges. 

 

The investigation revealed that in order to illegally take a large sum of money from businessman Neman Karimov, in October-November 2009, Chovdarov, by abusing his power and entering into criminal conspiracy with another accused Salim Mammadov, illegally ordered the detention of the businessman and his close relative Elvin Movsumov without any complaint and the necessary documents for investigation.

 

When Karimov and Movsumov were in Elite hotel in Baku’s Binagadi district, criminal group member Salim Mammadov, involving transport and other technical means, intended for the fulfillment of functional tasks prescribed by law, and special forces, which were not members of the criminal group, stormed the hotel building and illegally detained them. Then, these persons were forcibly taken to the Ministry of National Security.  

 

 

Chovdarov illegally locked them in ministry’s service rooms for ten hours. Chovdarov, under the pretext that Neman Karimov has not repaid 20,000 manats to Sevinj Rustamova, with whom he was in an intimate relationship, threatened the detainees with an arrest as drug was allegedly detected in their urine samples, and demanded 80,000 manats from them. On the same day, Karimov’s uncle and Movsumov’s father paid the demanded money at the ministry’s administrative building. From this amount, Chovdarov gave 20,000 manats to Sevinj Rustamova and misappropriated the remaining 60,000 manats.

 

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, 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

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