The Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Friday continued 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.
The witnesses were questioned during the trial.
Witness Nariman Hajiyev said he worked as a supervisor dealing with laying down the communication lines at the Khatai telephone exchange. He added that in some cases, he signed the documents on the work that was not performed, and presented this work as completed.
Witness Javanshir Yusifov said he became a head of the Shamkir telephone exchange in February 2016, noting that the purchased materials were appropriately used.
In his testimony, witness Amil Mammadov said he served as chief account in the Khazar telephone exchange and received extra 200-300 manats on holidays.
“We were receiving money from different people, but mainly from the head of the telephone exchange,” he added.
Wtiness Elkhan Aliyev said has been working as chief of the Ismayilli telephone exchange since 2011.
“We would do install communication lines. Firms to do work at the tender would be pre-determined. Tenders would be formal. The order on holding tenders would be given us by the head office,” he said.
Vuqar Mehbaliyev, head of the investment department at Baku Telephone Communications Production Association said he received extra 200-300 manats on holidays.
The testimony given by Elvin Javadov, who has worked as chief accountant for “BakÄ± RabitÉ™ TÉ™mir Tikinti” and “TÉ™mir TÉ™chizat Servis” LLC, was therefore announced as it did not match with the preliminary investigation.
Head of the Khatai exchange Nazim Aliyev confirmed his testimony to preliminary investigation, rejecting the claims that the tenders were formal.
The trial will be resumed on Dec. 21.
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 Beytulla 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.