6 Dec 2018 15:58

Ex-energy minister of EEC detained in Azerbaijan

BISHKEK. Dec 6 (Interfax) - Adamkul Zhunusov, the former director of Kyrgyzstan's State Customs Service and former energy minister of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), has been detained in Azerbaijan after being declared internationally wanted for causing massive damage to the Kyrgyz budget, Kyrgyzstan's State Service for Combating Economic Crimes (Financial Police) told Interfax on Wednesday.

"We have been informed that former director of the State Customs Service Zhunusov has been detained in Azerbaijan. However, our Azerbaijani colleagues have yet to officially inform us," the agency said.

"It is likely that our officers will have to go to Baku and bring Zhunusov back to his home country, because we declared him wanted," it said.

Zhunusov held the post of chairman of the Kyrgyz State Customs Service from 2013 to 2016. He was a member of the EEC's board and the minister of energy and infrastructure from 2016 to February 2018.

He was declared internationally wanted in September as part of a criminal investigation into corruption at the Kyrgyz Customs Service and actions that cost the state over 166.9 million som ($2.45 million) in the form of compulsory customs payments not made to the budget.