“Investigation office of the Primary Investigation Department of Tax Crimes under the Ministry of Taxes has launched a criminal case against the “Ganun Publisher” and “Ganun Journal Editorial Office” LLCs under article 213 of the Criminal Code (tax evasion),” head of the publishing company Shahbaz Khuduoglu has told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS).
According to Khuduoglu, the Investigation Office has determined 150,000 AZN tax debt and financial sanctions against “Ganun Publisher” and “Ganun Journal Editorial Office” LLCs.
“About 50 employees of the publishing company, including translators, writers have been invited to investigation. This is obviously done by order and is a kind of pressure. Some structures try to bankrupt “Ganun Publisher” LLC and create their monopoly in this sector. We have complied with our tax obligations as specified by law,” said Khuduoglu.
Note that on 01 November 2013, Tax Audit Department conducted a search in the office of Ganun, seizing documents, handwritings and computers of the publisher.