Azerbaijan Extradites Criminal Cell Leader To Kazakhstan

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) ASTANA, Kazakhstan, April 11. Withcollaboration from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan,employees of the Prosecutor General's Office and the FinancialMonitoring Agency successfully extradited a suspect from Azerbaijanfor criminal prosecution, specifically for the creation andleadership of an organized criminal group, Trend reports via theGeneral Prosecutor's Office of Kazakhstan.

Between 2016 and 2018, the suspect took over direct leadershipof a criminal cell that smuggled consumer items into Kazakhstanwhile also dodging customs and taxes. This cost the Kazakhstanieconomy more than 4 billion tenge ($8.8 million).

"Following the crimes, the suspect fled and was added to aworldwide wanted list. Authorities then tracked down the culpritwithin Azerbaijan's borders. The Azerbaijani General Prosecutor'sOffice granted the extradition request from the Prosecutor's Officeof Kazakhstan," the press service of the General Prosecutor'sOffice of Kazakhstan said.

It was highlighted that the suspect is being housed in aninvestigative isolator in Aktau, Kazakhstan.

"The accused faces a seven- to twelve-year prison sentence, aswell as asset confiscation. Notably, in December 2019, the court inthe Mangystau region convicted twelve individuals involved in thesame organized criminal group to varied terms," the press serviceadded.

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