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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 6
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
During the session at Baku Court on Grave Crimes, public prosecutor Farid Naghiyev demanded Leyla Yunusova and Arif Yunusov be sentenced to 11 and 9 years in prison, respectively.
Public prosecutor Farid Naghiyev read out the charges and said the defendants have been proven guilty beyond a doubt during the trial.
The court on this criminal case continued under the chairmanship of Afghan Hajiyev August 6.
The public prosecutor said that during their activities, Leyla Yunusova and Arif Yunusov were involved in fraud, illegal entrepreneurship and evaded taxes.
They haven't registered the grant agreement worth 896,000 Azerbaijani manats in the Ministry of Justice, he said.
When the grants were cashed in the banks, the Yunusovs didn't carry out any financial accounting, according to the public prosecutor.
As a result of the joint revision carried out by the Ministry of Taxes, Ministry of Finance and the Council on State Support to NGOs, it was revealed that Leyla and Arif Yunusovs have grossly violated the rules of financial accounting, said Naghiyev.
"Moreover, they haven't specified the funds cashed in banks in any income receipt," said Naghiyev.
The public prosecutor added that Yunusovs transferred these grants to their personal accounts in banks and after increasing these funds with interest, they illegally transferred this money to their bank accounts abroad, namely in the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey.
They obtained property, including plots of land, houses in Turkey and Czech Republic with these grants, said Naghiyev.
All these factors prove that they spent these grants to obtain property abroad, he added.
Thus, without registering the grant agreements in the Ministry of Justice, they evaded large volumes of taxes, according to the public prosecutor.
"Moreover, while giving salaries to the employees, Leyla Yunusova wasn't paying taxes and allocations for social protection," said Naghiyev. "They also illegally carried out bank transfers."
"Leyla Yunusova firstly transferred the grants to her account, and then to Arif Yunusov's account abroad," he said. "In addition, the money transferred for Arif Yunusov was again transferred to Leyla Yunusova's bank accounts abroad."
The public prosecutor added that 17 and 14 accounts were opened in the name of Leyla Yunusova and Arif Yunusov, respectively in AccessBank.
Moreover, 19 and 4 accounts were opened in the name of Yunusova and Yunusov, respectively in Unibank, according to Naghiyev.
Furthermore, Yunusova abused her powers, said the public prosecutor.
She introduced herself as the deputy head of the Society of Women in Azerbaijan for Peace and Democracy in Transcaucasus and taking the advantage of this, carried out many illegal bank operations, said Naghiyev.
However, no document proving her appointment to this post was found during the investigation, he added.
The public prosecutor demanded putting a lien on the entire property and bank accounts of the Yunusovs and using these funds for compensating the damage caused by them.
He also demanded prohibiting the Yunusovs to take up any post until the end of their sentence and serving their sentence in a general regime prison.
Following this, the lawyers of the accused asked the court to give them time to prepare the defense speech.
The court gave them time until Aug.10 when the trial will continue.
Leyla Yunusova is charged under the articles 274 (high treason), 178.3.2 (fraud (by causing major damage)), 192.2.2 (illegal entrepreneurship), 213.2.2 (tax evasion in a large amount), 320.1 (falsification of the certificate or other official document providing rights or exempting from duties in order to use or sell this document, as well as for the same purposes to work out or sell forged state awards of Azerbaijan Republic, stamps, seals, forms) and 320.2 (use of deliberately forged documents indicated in the Article 320.1 of the present Code) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.
Arif Yunusov is charged under the articles 274 (high treason) and 178.3.2 (fraud) of Azerbaijan's Criminal Code.
Edited by CN