Colonel arrested in Azerbaijan

Baku: Hafiz Heydarov; A former officer of the Azerbaijani Naval Forces has been arrested over bribery.

Baku Military Court told APA that 56-year-old reserve naval officer, Colonel Gasim Guliyev faced charges under the Criminal Code’s Article #311 (taking bribe) and was sentenced to pretrial detention.

Earlier, APA reported that Military Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Finance have started carrying out comprehensive inspections in the Azerbaijani Naval Forces. The inspections cover the activity of the Naval Forces in the last 15 years. Investigators and representatives of the Finance Ministry questioned ship captains. As a result of initial investigation, the facts were revealed on misappropriation of a great deal of funds when Vice Admiral Shahin Sultanov was commander.

6 servicemen of the Naval Forces were detained. During inspections, a number of shortcomings were revealed regarding the repair and supply of ships. The facts are related with misuse of funds allocated for the repair of ships of in the Naval Forces, getting additional funds for maintaining ships taken out of service, purchase of a hundred tons of paint for painting ships with fake documents, carrying out repair works at the expense of ship captains, privatization of Navy-owned accommodation and caterings establishments through fake documents and others.