WARSAW — A court in Kazakhstan has convicted a former Kazakh senior military official and two employees of Ukraine’s arms exporter Ukrspecexport of bribery, local media reported.
A court spokesperson announced the conviction.
Maj. Gen. Almaz Asenov, who formerly headed the Kazakh Defense Ministry’s armament department, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in addition to confiscation of property for accepting US $200,000 in bribes from the two officials. Asenov was arrested in Astana Jan. 31.
The former military official was reportedly paid by Oleksandr Shkoliarenko and Oleksandr Khrulev to favor the awarding of contracts to the Ukrainian company by the Defense Ministry. The two employees of Ukrspecexport were sentenced to six years in prison by the Kazakh court following their arrest in late January 2013.
Ukrspecexport is analyzing the legal framework for arranging the return of its two employees to Ukraine, the company said in a statement.
Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, and set up in 1996, state-owned Ukrspecexport specializes in the sales of arms and military equipment, and contracts for repair, maintenance and upgrade works. The company says it has arranged exports and imports of arms and provided services to more than 90 countries.