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100 million car smuggling schemes revealed in Kyrgyzstan

Activities of an organized group engaged in smuggling of motor vehicles were suppressed in Kyrgyzstan. Press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

According to it, the group forged certificates, technical passports and other legal documents on cars to get money and legalize stolen, hijacked vehicles for further sale.

It has been found out that 111 cars were imported to Kyrgyzstan without payment of customs duties using forged documents of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

As a result of active search measures in Bishkek, a workshop for the production and manufacture of forged state documents disguised as photo salon was discovered.

A criminal case under article 350 (forgery, production, sale or use of forged documents, state awards, stamps, seals, forms by a group of persons by prior agreement) of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic was initiated.

Four members of the criminal group were detained. A large number of stamps, forms and other documents were found and seized from them during detention.

At least 25 out of 111 vehicles were found and put on impound lot on the basis of a court order.

According to preliminary data, the damage caused to the state is estimated at more than 100 million soms.

Corruption facts have also been detected and the involvement in the crimes of some employees of the Department of Registration of Vehicles and Drivers under the State Registration Service for Chui-Kemin district has been revealed.

There are facts of abuse and leakage of a number of original forms of certificate of registration of a vehicle in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The cars were mainly imported from Eastern Europe across the borders of EEU countries, while the criminals avoided payment of customs duties. Further, in Kyrgyzstan, with the help of employees of the Vehicles and Drivers Registration Department of the State Registration Service, cars were primary registered using forged documents of the EEU member countries not to pay customs duties.

According to the data of the 3rd Department of the Organized Crime Control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, forged documents are of high quality, it is difficult to recognize them by external signs.

A criminal case has been initiated under articles 304 (abuse of power) and 315 (forgery) of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Two employees of Chui-Kemin Department of Registration of Vehicles and Drivers under the State Registration Service were detained on suspicion of committing the crimes. Other people involved in corruption crimes are being identified.

Persons who were brought to criminal responsibility for previously committed similar crimes are among the detainees.