Three Kazakh Officials Suspected of Taking Large Bribes

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Three high-ranking officials from Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations have been accused of receiving bribes amounting to around 40 million tenge ($90,000).

The country’s Anti-Corruption Service is conducting an investigation into the conduct of the chairman of the ministry’s fire fighting service, and the heads of the emergency situations department of the city of Shymkent and the region of Zhetisu.

The service commented: “The officials are suspected of receiving bribes on a systematic basis from a representative of business for a total amount of more than 40 million tenge. The investigative court authorized a measure of restraint in the form of detention against the suspects. The criminal case is considered on the merits by the military court of Akmola garrison.”

No further information concerning the investigation has been published.

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