Monday, December 19, 2011
Diamond smugglers arrested in Azerbaijan
The persons, who smuggled about 384 carat diamonds to Azerbaijan, were detained on the scene of the crime as a result of operational measures conducted by the Ministry of National Security, the ministry’s public relations center told APA.
According to information, Azerbaijani citizen Mehdiyev Azer Agha smuggled diamonds, which he bought in Dubai, UAE, to Azerbaijan. After passing the customs border in Heydar Aliyev Airport, Azer Mehdiyev was detained in the parking area and 190,12 carat diamonds were seized from him during the search.
The ministry conducted one more operational measure and detained Azerbaijani citizen, Abdullayev Hafiz Ali Gara, who smuggled diamonds and jewelry to Azerbaijan. It was identified that Hafiz Abdullayev crossed “Sinig Korpu” customs post in Gazakh region, traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia from where he left for Istanbul, Turkey by plane. Then he flew to New Delhi from Istanbul. Abdullayev hided the jewelry, which he acquired in Delhi, returned en same route, smuggled from “Sinig Korpu” customs post and brought to Azerbaijan. But Abdullayev was detained in Gazakh region and 193.87 carat diamonds and 3 golden rings (purity 585) were seized from him.
The criminal case has been launched into both facts on the Criminal Code’s article 206.1 (Smuggling, moving large amount through customs border of the Azerbaijan Republic of goods or other subjects). The investigative and operational measures are being continued.