Kazakhstan jails ex-defence official, Israeli over corruption

A military court in Kazakhstan sentenced former deputy defence minister and an Israeli businessman to 11 years in jail on corruption charges.

Kazakhstan jails ex-defence official, Israeli over corruption

A military court in Kazakhstan sentenced former deputy defence minister and an Israeli businessman to 11 years in jail on corruption charges, Kazakh prosecutors said on Thursday.

Boris Sheinkman, an Israeli citizen, and Kazhimurat Mayermanov, a former deputy defence minister, were tried after being accused of arranging a deal to buy defective military hardware from Israel.

"Israeli citizen (Boris) Sheinkman has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for fraud and bribery," the prosecutor general's office said in a statement. It said Mayermanov would serve the same jail term for abuse of power and bribery.

Influential Kazakh Defence Minister Daniyal Akhmetov resigned shortly after Mayermanov's arrest.

The two have not been available to comment over the case.

The prosecutor's office did not say whether Sheinkman and Mayermanov had pleaded guilty. The Israeli embassy in Kazakhstan could not be reached for comment.


Agencies

Last Mod: 25 Şubat 2010, 15:09
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