Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 21
By Samir Ali – Trend:
The preparatory proceedings in the criminal case of former head of the International Bank of Azerbaijan Jahangir Hajiyev and other people will begin in Baku on Jan. 21, Trend reports.
Additional charges were brought against Hajiyev and others on December 21, 2018. The investigation in the criminal case was completed and sent to the Baku Court of Heinous Crimes.
According to a joint statement made by the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor General’s Office, former chairman of the board of the International Bank of Azerbaijan Jahangir Hajiyev was charged with embezzlement of a big amount of the money of the bank and other cases and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
During the investigation, there were reasonable suspicions that the contracts for the purchase and sale of promissory notes in the amount of $3.4 billion and 987 million euros were concluded with some legal entities in various countries and illegal transactions were carried out by using promissory notes in 2001-2015 upon Hajiyev’s instructions, who was the chairman of the board of the bank.
Moreover, the investigation bodies had reasonable suspicions that numerous loan agreements were concluded through other people during that period, 900 million manats were transferred from the bank to other accounts and misappropriated upon Hajiyev’s instructions.
During the investigation, there were reasonable suspicions that Hajiyev’s acquaintance Dunyamin Khalilov, 20 more people, as well as other people, caused damage to the bank, misappropriating 4.7 billion manats. Moreover, Hajiyev declined to pay taxes to the budget in the amount of 1,752,000 manats on the profit of Aztorg LLC, jointly led by Hajiyev and Khalilov in 2011-2014.
The investigation bodies charged Hajiyev with large-scale embezzlement and legalization of the funds obtained by an organized group in a criminal way, tax evasion and other articles of the criminal code, Khalilov and the rest of 20 people were charged with misappropriation of funds and other articles of criminal code.