Officials detained in Azerbaijan in anti-bribery op plead partially guilty

Officials detained in Azerbaijan in anti-bribery op plead partially guilty
# 01 August 2018 11:41 (UTC +04:00)

The Baku Military Court on Wednesday held a hearing on the criminal case of Latif Zeynalov, senior lieutenant of the State Border Service of the Air Transport Control and Border Service Department, and ensign Zaur Gasimli, who are accused of power abuse.

 

A state prosecutor read out an indictment at the hearing presided over by judge Rauf Aliyev.

 

In their statements, the defendants found themselves to be partially guilty.  

 

On 26 January 2018, the State Security Service and the State Border Service of Azerbaijan carried out an operation following reports on bribery cases and collection of excessive legal fees at the visa clearance and border clearance services from foreigners upon arrival in the country.

 

A number of violations have been revealed, while three officials were detained.

 

Latif Zeynalov, senior lieutenant of the State Border Service of the Air Transport Control and Border Service Department, and ensign Zaur Gasimli were detained at the Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

 

Banknotes of different countries in various denominations were found and seized from the abovementioned persons, and foreign citizens provided information about the illegal acts of these individuals.

 

Latif Zeynalov and Zaur Gasimli were charged under Article 341.2.1 (abuse of power by a group of persons) of Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code.

 

A separate investigation has also been launched against third secretary of the visa department of the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department, Elton Khalilli, who was named during the case and detained during the operations. 

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED