More Witnesses Testify in ‘Communications’ Case


Summary: Hearing 12

  • • Defendant Oktay Rustamov refuted witness Jafar Namazov’s testimony.

On 28 December, Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Afgan Hajiyev held a hearing on the criminal case of the former senior officials of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies. The trial continued with witness testimonies.

Witness Ramil Guliyev said he engaged in construction and repair work at Azerpost LLC. He said 35 percent of the funds allocated for construction work by the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies had been returned back.

Asgar Guliyev, chief of Branch 1 of Azerpost LLC, testified that he had not given money to Director General of Azerpost LLC Gambar Baybalayev.

Subhan Kazimov, Deputy Director General of Azerpost LLC, noted that tenders had been held among companies specified by the Ministry.

Jafar Namazov, former head of Transservis LLC, said he began to cooperate with the Ministry under instruction in 2010, and also collaborated with Aztelekom LLC. He testified that after negotiations with the Ministry, 35 percent of the money allocated for repair and construction work had been given to Aztelekom LLC’s chief accountant Oktay Rustamov. However, Oktay Rustamov refuted the witness’ claim. He denied having received money from Namazov.

The next hearing was set for December 30, 10.30 am.
Background: The following former senior officials of the ICT Ministry and its affiliate agencies are on the dock in a high-profile corruption case: former Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies Vidadi Zeynalov, former Director General of Baku Telephone Communications Production Association (BTCPA) Beytulla Huseynov, Director of Communications Repair & Construction No.3 LLC and Repair & Supply Service LLC Emin Mammadov, chief accountant of these LLCs Anar Mustafayev, Director General of Aztelekom LLC Mahammad Mammadov, chief accountant of the LLC Oktay Rustamov, Director General of AzInTelekom LLC Jalil Jafarov, Director General of Azerpost LLC Gambar Baybalayev, Director of Optical Communications, Construction and Installation LLC Namazali Mammadov, chief accountant of the LLC Sahrab Humbatov, and Director of Baku Communications Repair & Construction LLC and Repair & Supply Service LLC Bayram Valiyev.
Of them, Vidadi Zeynalov, Beytulla Huseynov, Anar Mustafayev, Emin Mammadov, Mammad Mammadov, Oktay Rustamov, Namazali Mammadov, Sahrab Humbatov and Gambar Baybalayev are charged under Articles 179.3.1 (misappropriation or waste, committed as an organised group), 179.3.2 (misappropriation or waste, in a large amount), 308.2 (abuse of official powers) and 313 (service forgery) of the Criminal Code. Jalil Jafarov is charged under Articles 179.3.1 and 179.3.2. Bayram Valiyev is charged under Articles 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 308.2, 313 and 213.2.2 (tax evasion, in a large amount).

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