Kazakhstan: MP's Son Arrested for Bribery

Kazakhstan’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau arrest­ed the son of a promi­nent Kazakh par­lia­men­tar­i­an on Thursday for alleged bribery while at the helm of a state con­tract agency.

Baiterek Development Deputy Chairman Aslan Jakupov was among three arrest­ed for alleged­ly receiv­ing 28 mil­lion tenge (US$ 82,129) in bribes in exchange for a gov­ern­ment pub­lic hous­ing con­tract worth 3.4 bil­lion tenge ($9.97 mil­lion) in the city of Pavlodar. Jakupov is sus­pect­ed of receiv­ing sim­i­lar bribes for gov­ern­ment con­tracts through a scheme that involved 13 com­pa­nies and spanned sev­er­al regions of the Central Asian nation, inves­ti­ga­tors said in a state­ment.

Jakupov is the son of for­mer low­er house speak­er Kabibulla Jakupov. Investigators quick­ly down­played any con­nec­tion between the elder Jakupov and his son’s alleged crimes.

Local anti-cor­rup­tion author­i­ties also arrest­ed two oth­er heads of Baiterek Development in con­nec­tion to the case.

The sus­pects alleged­ly received bribes in con­nec­tion with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s mas­sive, state-fund­ed $9 bil­lion stim­u­lus plan, which began in 2014.

Aslan Jakupov’s name appears in the Panama Papers as being a share­hold­er of the Panamanian off­shore Zoldane SA. His broth­er, Zhaslan Jakupov, also a share­hold­er in Panamanian off­shores, has denied that his broth­er is involved in any crim­i­nal activity.

Kazakhstan: MP’s Son Arrested for Bribery