January 18, Fineko/abc.az. The Ministry of Taxes of Azerbaijan and the General Prosecutor’s Office have spread a joint statement on the case of tax inspectors who have exceeded their authority.
The statement says that the preliminary investigation revealed that Elchin Gaybalyev and Ziyad Latifov, the tax inspectors Taxpayer Service & Accounting of the Baku City Department for Work with Small Entrepreneurs under the Ministry of Taxes, committed illegal actions during performance of their official duties.
The investigation found out that during registration of the number of foreign cigarettes of various type in a Baku store the two tax inspectors revealed that the cigarettes had no excise stamps. The tax inspectors deliberately indicated a lower value (284 manats instead of 3,000 manats) and took a bribe of 1,000 manats from seller Huseynali Kerimli for attracting the seller only to administrative liability, not to criminal liability. Then the tax inspectors divided the amount between each other.
The collected materials were sent to the Main Anti-Corruption Department under the Prosecutor General. In fact, a criminal case was initiated on Article 311.3.1 (taking a bribe by a group of persons by prior agreement or by an organized group).
Also, illegal actions of Arif Mammadov, who worked as an inspector of the same Department, were revealed. Mammadov made a false promise to the heads of Kazakh company Shift Almaty Advertising Agnecy LLP, company Baltika Bakı (at present Carlsberg Azerbaijan), and company Zanobia that he is able to solve the issues of return of a certain part of the tax on payment to these companies for advertising.
He also promised he could repay the debt in the amount of 5,700 manats, calculated during the desk tax audit in Zanobia. Mammadov said he is able to solve this problem in exchange for a sum of 2,700 manats. Mammadov is suspected of receiving those money.
The collected materials on the case were sent to the Main Anti-Corruption Department under the Prosecutor General. In fact, a criminal case was initiated on Article 178.2.3 (fraud committed by a person using his official position) and Article 308.1 (abuse of official power).
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