GENEVA, 20 Oct â€” RIA Novosti, Elizabeth Isakov. The U.S. and the Netherlands can get the most out of 800 million Swiss francs ($784 million), the daughter of the former President of Uzbekistan, Gulnara Karimova, have been frozen in Switzerland, the newspaper Le Temps.
According to the publication, in Bern this week began secret negotiations with the participation of the General Prosecutor’s office, which is the case Karimova, the Federal office of justice Federal Department of foreign Affairs and the Directorate for development and cooperation. They discuss how to take the restitution money Karimova, blocked in the accounts in the private Bank “Lombard Odier” in Geneva. The newspaper’s sources do not exclude that the decision on restitution may be made in the near future.
As noted, the United States require the return of $ 550 million from the arrested sums of money, as the “Uzbek clan used us banks and dollars when conducting financial transactions”. The amount claimed by Holland, was not disclosed.
Le Temps notes that frozen assets have been received as bribes from various telecommunications companies. Switzerland intends to hold them controlled restitution where the money should go to the benefit of the population. However, there are fears that Tashkent might not be able to control these costs.
In October 2013 against Karimova was prosecuted for extortion and tax evasion committed by an organized criminal group in 2001-2013. In August 2015, the court sentenced her to five years of imprisonment. After the death of President Islam Karimov in September 2016, the media has reported that his daughter Gulnara was killed, but the information was not confirmed. The lawyer from Geneva Manga stated that he had seen her in Tashkent in December 2016. In his words, Karimov was healthy, but the conditions of her detention do not meet international standards.
In late July the Prosecutor’s office of Uzbekistan said that Karimova continues a criminal investigation on several other charges, she was remanded in custody. It is reported that the total amount of damage in two criminal cases amounted to almost two billion dollars at the current rate. Uzbekistan initiated the arrest of the group’s assets in 12 countries, including in Russia, totaling more than $ 1.5 billion.