Dagestani ex-officials put pressure on witnesses

Dagestani ex-officials put pressure on witnesses
Abdusamad Gamidov

The former members of the republic’s government charged with corruption are trying to hide traces of their crimes.

The former prime minister of Dagestan Abdusamad Gamidov, his former deputies Shamil Isayev and Rayudin Yusufov, as well as the ex-minister of education Shakhabas Shakhov, who were arrested on corruption charges, are trying to hide traces of their crimes by putting pressure on the witnesses, Investigative Committee representative said in the Basmanny District Court of Moscow on September 26.

According to the ICR, Dagestan’s FSB reported that the accused persons used their connections and administrative resources to exert pressure on the witnesses. The document was submitted to the court, TASS reported.

The ex-officials were arrested back in early February 2018 on charges of embezzlement of budget funds committed by a group of persons by a previous concert (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). The estimated damage is 100.000.000 rubles ($1.500.000). The defendants deny any wrongdoing.

A special commission from Moscow has been carrying out an anti-corruption operation in the republic since the beginning of the year. The commission has jailed Makhachkala former mayor Musa Musaev, Deputy Prime Minister Ramazan Aliev, the Dagestani head of the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund Magomed Suleymanov and a number of other. They are all in a detention facility pending trial. 

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