The media learned about the «hidden wealth» of the presidential family

The center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP) published the offshore companies owned by the family of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. The publication is based on the documents of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, caught in possession of an international consortium of journalists, reports

According to OCCRP, the fact that the Aliyev family is related to offshore business, is nothing new: back in 2013, it became known thanks to the ICIJ investigation. However, the files Mossack Fonseca show that the network is «presidential» of offshore companies is much larger.

In particular, the journalists found two companies in the British virgin Islands (BVI), controlled by the Azeri leader’s daughters Leyla and Arzu: Kingsview Developments Limited and Limited Exaltation. What does the first company is unknown, but the second, established in January 2015, owns real estate in the UK worth over one million dollars.

In addition, the President’s sister Sevil Aliyev also appeared in «bananagate» — she belongs to the company Setanon Properties Inc., which is also registered in the BVI. As his residence address in the documents Mossack Fonseca Sevil Aliyeva pointed out a house in West London, in an area where the average price of housing is nine million dollars.

In addition, Leyla and Arzu through other offshore companies controlled more than 50 percent of the company AIMROC, which receives 70 percent of revenue from several gold mines in Azerbaijan.

In the publication of OCCRP also recall his colleague, the journalist Khadija Ismailova, who had worked on the investigation on corruption in the government. The Azerbaijani authorities accused her of tax evasion and of causing damage to the state budget, abuse of power and even in an attempt of finishing before suicide. Ultimately, the court sentenced it to 7,5 years of imprisonment.

Earlier it was reported that dozens of media outlets around the world simultaneously published materials about the owners of large offshore, based on data from «Panama archive» — a collection of documents about offshore schemes a little-known company from Panama Mossack Fonseca. In the published documents mention dozens of former and current leaders, politicians and rich and powerful businessmen.

Among Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, the mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov, former and current MPs.

According to the investigation by journalists of the project «Centre for the study of corruption and organized crime» (OCCRP), which is based on documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca in Panama, the President of Ukraine Poroshenko has founded three offshore companies for asset management, including confectionery Corporation Roshen, not putting in information about it in their property declarations.

However the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine stated that it did not see «crime» in the information regarding the supposed existence of offshore Poroshenko. In turn, the NEB stated that it did not have the authority to conduct an investigation against the incumbent President of Ukraine.

The Agency of journalistic investigations «the Investigation.Info» promises to publish all investigations of the Ukrainian public figures, exposed in «the Panama document». This was reported by one of the investigative journalists of business on the offshore Dmitry gnat.

The media learned about the «hidden wealth» of the presidential family 05.04.2016

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