Baku, Azerbaijan, April 26
A criminal case was initiated against Azerbaijan's Araz INC closed joint stock company under Article 213.2.2 (tax evasion) of the Criminal Code, according to a joint statement of the Ministry of Taxes, Interior Ministry and Prosecutor General's Office.
According to the statement, Araz INC did not transfer funds to the state budget in the amount of 1.463 million manats. Tax evasion was revealed as a result of tax audit conducted by the Ministry of Taxes.
During the investigation, head of the company, former MP Huseyn Abdullayev was brought to trial as an accused person under the abovementioned article of the Criminal Code. But Abdullayev left Azerbaijan. A preventive measure in the form of arrest was chosen against him upon the court’s decision. Interpol has put Abdullayev on its list of internationally wanted people.
A decision was made on Oct. 3, 2016 to bring charges against Abdullayev upon articles 192.2.2 (illegal business) and 213.2.2 of the Criminal Code based on reasonable suspicions of his evasion from payment of taxes to the state budget in the amount of 1.810 million manats and obtaining revenues in the amount of 996,000 manats by carrying out construction and installation work without obtaining a special permit (license).
Abdullayev was detained in Turkey and was transferred to the Azerbaijani law enforcement bodies on April 22, 2018.
Currently, an investigative and operational group created in the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Combating Organized Crime continues the necessary investigative and operational measures.