The Baku Grave Crimes Court continued the trial proceedings on the criminal case of the former head of the International Bank of Azerbaijan Jahangir Hajiyev, his relative Ismayil Hidayetzade, ex-MP Dunyamin Khalilov, also Jamal Hasanov, Sarkhan Rasulov, Natig Imanov, Samir Hajiyev, Tabriz Abdulhamidov, Mahir Gafarov, Sadikh Murtuzayev, Tarlan Maharramov, Fakhraddin Heybatov, Ramin Ahmadov, Fariz Muradov, Salahaddin Gadirov, Erkhan Javad, Arif Ramazanov, Navai Shirinov, Svetlana Asadullayeva, Arif Madatov, Adil Mikailov and Ramiz Karimov accused of embezzlement, Trend reports.
Mansur Zeynalov testified as a witness at the trial chaired by judge Faig Ganiyev.
At the trial, it was noted that Zeynalov was previously accused together with Dunyamin Khalilov, and the Baku Grave Crimes Court sentenced him to five years in prison. The Baku Court of Appeal reduced this period to 4 years, and the Supreme Court reduced it to 2.5 years.
During the testimony, Zeynalov said that he worked as a lawyer in the company General Construction owned by Dunyamin Khalilov.
“My job was to translate contracts,” Zeynalov noted. “In 2007, Khalilov created Kondor Qrup LLC and appointed me as a founder and executive director. Then loans were taken under my name. I just signed documents and all instructions were given by Khalilov.”
Responding to questions, Zeynalov said that he is not a lawyer by profession.
“I am familiar with some of the defendants sitting in the hall,” he said. “They were formally the leaders of the company.”
Then Farhad Amiraslanov testified as a witness. He was also charged along with Dunyamin Khalilov, and the Baku Grave Crimes Court sentenced him to five years in prison. The Supreme Court reduced this period to two years.
Amiraslanov said he worked as a construction specialist at the company General Construction.
“Then Dunyamin Khalilov created Aqora LLC under my name,” Amiraslanov noted. “At his request, I signed several loan documents. My management position in the company was formal.”
At the trial, it was said that Amiraslanov signed seven loan agreements of the IBA, and about 10 million manats were taken under his name.
The accused Khalilov said that the money allocated to Aqora LLC was spent on projects.
Another witness, Seyfulla Seyfullayev, in his testimony said that he was previously convicted along with Khalilov, and the court sentenced him to five years in prison. By the decision of the Supreme Court, he was sentenced conditionally and released.
He added that he was the general director of Sabail Mebel OJSC.
“I received 9 million manats in loans under my name from the IBA,” he said. “A man from the bank called me and told me to come to the bank. I signed documents at the bank, but never saw the money. They said that the money would be spent on the company’s development. The rebar had to be bought for this money, but nothing was bought.”
The next witness, Rafig Mammadov, in his testimony noted that he had previously worked as a manager at Sabail Mebel OJSC, and transferred the company to Seyfullayev in 2006 by power of attorney. He said that the shares of the company belonged to Seyfullayev.
“The purchase and sale was formalized under my name,” he added.
A break was announced in the court.
According to official information, during investigations there were reasonable suspicions that 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 Jahangir Hajiyev’s instructions, who was the chairman of the Board of the International Bank of Azerbaijan.
Moreover, there were reasonable suspicions that 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 from the profit of Aztorg LLC, jointly led by Hajiyev and Khalilov in 2011-2014.
The Baku Grave Crimes Court previously sentenced Hajiyev to 15 years in prison, Dunyamin Khalilov to 13 years, and Ismayil Hidayetzade to 7 years in prison.
Khalilov’s sentence was reduced from 13 to 12 years and 9 months by a decision of the Baku Court of Appeals; Hidayetzade’s sentence was reduced to five years by the Supreme Court.
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