Gulnara Karimova is being investigated in France
The French online news service France24 published AFP’s report about French law enforcement looking into expensive real estate in the south of France that belongs to Karimova.
An anonymous AFP source reported that Karimova is suspected to be part of an organized criminal group allegedly involved in money laundering and corruption.
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A villa in the French Riviera is the cornerstone of the investigation into Karimova’s affairs that began in February of this year.
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Swedish law enforcement investigating a corruption case involving a Swedish-Finnish telecom company TeliaSonera included Karimova in its list of suspects in June 2013.
The investigation into Karimova’s involvement in the Swedish corruption case started after the journalists of the Swedish TV channel SVT obtained documents attesting to her personal involvement in receiving bribes from TeliaSonera’s top management in exchange for favorable business conditions in Uzbekistan.
TeliaSonera paid about 340 million USD in 2007 just for access to the Uzbek market alone. The money was paid to a Gibraltar-based shell company Takilant, which is registered under the name of Karimova’s assistant – Gayane Avakyan.
Another case with Karimova’s name was opened in the summer of 2012 in Switzerland.
Swiss law enforcement froze 800 million Swiss Francs (845 million USD) across several banks in connection to a case involving four Uzbek citizens, accused of money laundering. All four are known to belong to Karimova’s circle of business assistants.
Swiss TV channel RTS reported that this case is directly connected to Gulnara Karimova, who as of now has not been formally charged.
Until recently, Karimova was representing Uzbekistan at the UN in Geneva as well as several other international organizations. However, she has been relieved of these posts.
Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that Gulnara Karimova is no longer her country’s UN Ambassador.