Trial proceeds for Azerbaijani ministry's ex-official accused of embezzlement

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6 January 2017

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

 

Witnesses testified at the hearing.

 

Ex-director of PLZ LLC Ilgar Hasanov and former department head in Azerpocht LLC Bahram Safarov confirmed the testimonies they had given during the preliminary investigation.

 

Rashadat Gerayzade, who was responsible for construction work carried out by Azerpocht in different districts of the country, said the amount of funds allocated for construction had been exaggerated.

 

He added that nearly 35 percent of these funds were sent back to the ministry’s leadership.

 

In his speech, witness Javid Rasulov said he worked as director of AzEvrotel LLC, noting that sometimes the construction work has not been completed. “For example, about 800,000 manats were allocated for the installation of air conditions, but this work was not carried out completely,” he added.

 

The defendant, Vidadi Zeynalov, said that sometimes construction work needed more money than was allocated and they were paid.  

 

Another witness Azer Alzamanov said he served as an engineer in ‘Optik Rabite, Tikinti and Gurashdirma’ LLC.

 

Alzamanov said he signed the document on reception of construction materials worth 506,000 manats under the instruction of director Namazali Mammadov.

 

The trial will be resumed on January 11.  

 

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.

 

Head of the Ministry Vidadi Zeynalov, general director of LLC "AzİnTelekom" Jalil Jafarov, the general director of LLC "Azerpocht" Gambar Beybalaevu, Director LLC "Optik Rabite, Tikinti ve Qurashdırma" Namazaly Mammadov faced charges under articles 179.3.2 and 308.2, and chief accountant of the Company Sahrab Humbetov - under articles 179.3.2, 308.2 and 313. For all of those persons elected to the arrest as a preventive measure.

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