Asylbek uulu Damirbek, as well as two other Kyrgyz citizens, Chingiz Abakirov and Ulanbek Muradilov, were formally charged under article 234 (Large-scale movement across the customs border of the Eurasian Economic Union of goods or other items by a person authorized to carry out state functions), 264 (Participation in a transnational organized group or transnational criminal organization) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Kazakh media reported.
All three were detained during a special operation in Kazakhstan on February 15-16. The court granted the petition of the investigation and decided to arrest all three for a period of two months.
The Committee for National Security and the National Bureau for Combating Corruption, in order to stop illegal activities under the coordination of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan conducted a large-scale simultaneous special operation in Almaty, Zhambyl, South-Kazakhstan regions and Almaty city.
At least 35 suspected persons were detained, including three Kyrgyz citizens, customs officials, border officials, brokers, mediators, as well as members of organized criminal groups. 33 of them were arrested by court ruling.
A long operational development preceded the special operation. The stable schemes of smuggling of consumer goods through customs posts Altynkol, Kalzhat and Khorgos in Kazakh-Chinese, Kordai and Karasu in Kazakh-Kyrgyz and Saryagash, Kazygurt, Atameken, Kaplanbek on Kazakh-Uzbek sections of the border were detected.
The smuggled goods were imported to Kazakhstan from China directly, and also via Kyrgyzstan, using shadow schemes of customs administration and forged documents.