Uzbekistan continues investigation on business associates of Gulnara Karimova’s
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 9
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan continues the investigation of the criminal case against members of an organized group of individuals that were part of the environment of the eldest daughter of the president Gulnara Karimova, said a press release posted on the website of the Prosecutor General.
The Military Court of Uzbekistan issued a guilty verdict in a criminal case against Rustam Madumarov, Gayane Avakyan and other (total 13 persons) pursuant to paragraphs "a", "c" of part 3 of Article 165 (extortion, committed repeatedly and on a prior arrangement by group of persons) and other articles of the Criminal Code of Uzbekistan on May 24.
All were found guilty and sentenced to long prison terms.
"Members of the group during the period 2011 - 2013 under the guise of doing business caused large scale damage to the state by engaging in systematic crimes in the sphere of economic activity, as well as by means of blackmail and extortion and forgery," the press release said.
Assets of Uzbekistan Airways NAC in the amount of 5.5 billion soums, Coca-Cola Ichimligi Uzbekisnon Ltd. JV - 11.9 billion soums, the Fergana refinery UDP - 40.1 billion soums and other organizations and enterprises in the amount of 102 billion soums were plundered and appropriated through the acquisition of state assets at artificially low prices, according to the Prosecutor General's Office. Currently, the state property of the members of the criminal group located in Uzbekistan has been drawn in favor of the state for a total amount of 457 billion soums.
At present, the criminal cases against most of the members of an organized group have been directed to the court.
"The parts of the criminal case regarding individual members of the criminal group and the wanted persons for which it was impossible to collect all the necessary evidence materials have been allotted in a separate procedure," the statement reads. "Specifically, the matter rests in Karimova G., as well as members of the criminal group Gafurova A., Kurbanov A., Suleimanov B., Kamildzhanov S., Mustafayev R.," the source said..
The principle of inevitability of punishment for each member of an organized criminal group will be provided on the results of the investigation, the press release stressed.
The official exchange rate for Sept. 8 is 2.351.84 soum / $ 1.