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Criminal scheme for sale of fake phytosanitary certificates revealed

The State Service for Combating Economic Crimes revealed the abuse of official position by the staff of the Chui-Bishkek Directorate of the Plant Quarantine Department. The press service of the state agency reported.

A criminal group in collusion with the employees of the Plant Quarantine Department from 2015 to 2018 forged international shipping documents, including phytosanitary certificates for the export of agricultural products to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The Prosecutor General’s Office instituted criminal proceedings under Articles 166 (fraud), 304 (abuse of office) and 315 (forgery) of the Criminal Code of Kyrgyzstan.

«The place, where phytosanitary certificates and other shipping documents, were made was found. Empty forms of certificates, shipping invoices, licenses for different persons, seals and stamps were found there. Two citizens and two employees of the Plant Quarantine Department were detained on suspicion of committing the crime. The Pervomaisky district court placed them in pretrial detention center 1,» the State Service for Combating Economic Crimes told.

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