Azerbaijani Taxes Ministry urges not to politicize criminal case against Union of Cinematographers
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 23 / Trend, A. Akhundov /
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Taxes is against politicizing the criminal case filed against the management of the Union of Cinematographers of the country, Azerbaijani Deputy Taxes Minister Natig Amirov said at a press conference on Tuesday.
A criminal case based on facts from 2009 was filed only now.
Amirov said that these facts were investigated over a long period.
"The inspections started at the Union of Cinematographers as planned and the union was notified 15 days before the inspection," he said. "This happened in the middle of last year and completed by late 2012. These audits covered the union's activity for the past three years - from 2009 to 2012 years, which is fully consistent with the law. The inspection revealed evasion from payment of taxes. An investigation is underway. It is wrong to politicize this issue."
The Ministry reported earlier that its relevant bodies re-inspected the Union of Cinematographers in the period from June 1, 2009 to January 1, 2012.
The fact of non-payment of taxes to the state budget to the amount of 12.373 manat was revealed. The preliminary tax crime investigation department under the ministry filed a criminal case under Article 213.1 of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code.
A preliminary investigation was conducted. It was revealed that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism allocated 330,000 manat to host the XI International Festival "East-West". Around 267, 130 manat of this amount were delivered in cash to the individuals to pay for the costs for holding the event. It was revealed that 22,000 manat were stolen while renting the vehicles for the union's needs.
As a result, Efendiyeva Lala was charged under Article 179.3.2 of the Criminal Code. The investigation is underway.