Eldar Gasanov. Photo: http://massa.az/news/az/13949/sgb-eldar-gasanov-zaderjan-podozrevaetsya-v-rastrate-byudjetnyh-sredstv

21 January 2022, 22:05

Eldar Gasanov sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment

Eldar Gasanov, the former Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia, has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment on the charge of committing economic crimes, and the court has also ruled to confiscate the defendant’s property. Eldar Gasanov pleads not guilty.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that the defence requested the court to release Eldar Gasanov because of deterioration of his health state, but the prosecutor’s office stated that the defendant had not been diagnosed with any diseases incompatible with arrest.

In 2001-2013, Gasanov was the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Romania and, in 2013-2020 – to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. He was detained on August 13, 2020, on charges of misuse of state budget funds and abuse of powers. Gasanov declared his innocence; and human rights defenders linked the persecution of the former ambassador to his political ambitions.

Today, the Baku Court on Grave Crimes has sentenced Eldar Gasanov to 10 years of imprisonment. The former Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia was found guilty of misappropriation or embezzlement on a large scale, legalization of money obtained by criminal means, abuse of office, use of state budget funds for wrong purposes, and official forgery, the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent was informed in court.

Eldar Gasanov is charged with misappropriation and embezzlement of 18.5 million manats (10.9 million US dollars) of state funds. In this regard, the court ruled to confiscate the Eldar Gasanov’s property, including an apartment, a private house, a shop in Baku, a land plot in the village of Novkhany in the suburb of Baku, a country house, and a land plot in the village of Nardaran in the suburb of Baku, as well as an apartment in Montenegro.

Eldar Gasanov expressed his disagreement with the verdict, his advocate Djavad Djavadov informed the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 21, 2022 at 06:46 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid Source: CK correspondent

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