Trial of Azerbaijani ministry’s ex-official proceeds

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23 December 2016

The Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Friday continued the trial in the criminal case involving Vidadi Zeynalov, former head of the Office of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, and other people arrested alongside him.

 

Witnesses gave testimony at the trial.

 

In his testimony, witness Nigar Alizade, who worked as a chief accountant of Akey LLC, said the company had concluded a contract with Carburq company.

 

“Akey LLC was headed by Ayaz Karimov, and we have provided services only. Carburq was transferring $10,000 to our company’s account per month. In our company, there was equipment which belonged to the national security ministry,” she added.

 

Witness Nariman Salmanov, the former head of the Sabunchu Telephone Exchange, said that tenders were organized formally and the lists were prepared in advance.

 

“In some cases, the funds allocated were returned. I heard that the tenders were held formally under the instructions of the ministry’s leadership. The figures were exaggerated. We were receiving only 2.5 percent of the funds allocated to the tenders. Each month, we were paid extra funds except the salary. I was receiving 500 manats per month,” he said.  

 

Later on, Salmanov’s testimony to the preliminary investigation was read out.

 

In his testimony, Salmanov said that chief accountant Anar Mustafayev was annually given $1,200 on behalf of Beytulla Huseynov.  

 

“In 2009-2015, 13 million manats were allocated to the Sabunchu Telephone Exchange. Chief accountant Anar Mustafayev exaggerated the prices of the activities carried out by Beytulla Huseynov, but I don’t exactly know the figure,” he said.  

 

Then, Elchin Aliyev, a driver of Vidadi Zeynalov, testified at the trial.

 

“Zeynalov has established a company on my name. He advised me to create a company to improve my living conditions. Then, TLC company was established. I was receiving part of the revenues of the company, but I am unaware of the operation of this company,” the driver said.  

 

Witness Nasimi Musayev said he worked as economist in AzInTelekom LLC. He was receiving extra 1,000 manats per manats.

 

The trial will be resumed on Dec.28.

 

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 “Bakı 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 Qurashdırma”.

 

The director general of Baku Telephone Network Production Association Beytulla Huseynov, the director of “Bakı 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.

 

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