Veli Alasgarov, former Minister of National Security of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, was arrested a few weeks ago,
reported on March 25 citing Azadlig.
Alasgarov is accused of embezzlement that allegedly took place during renovation works at the Ministry of National Security building in Nakhchivan. However, according to
, Alasgarov’s arrest may be due to his ties with former Minister of National Security Eldar Mahmudov.
“All of Alasgarov’s relatives have private vehicles with MNS license plates, starting with 009. Their license plates have been recalled,” a source told Turan.
was dismissed on October 17, 2015. Some of Mahmudov’s managerial staff were arrested, and over 250 employees lost their jobs. The ministry was disbanded, and a criminal case was filed against it. The sculpture of Mahmudov’s late father was taken down in Nakhchivan. A number of Mahmeudov’s former aides were also arrested.
A villa built in Nakhchivan by Alasgarov for Mahmudov was reportedly
Alasgarov is notorious for alleged involved in persecutions of rights activists. Specifically, he was accused of involvement in the murder of Turac Zeinalov, who died in August 2011. He was allegedly
to death during questioning at the Ministry of National Security in Nakhchivan. Zeinalov was accused of espionage for Iran.