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Kazakh Deputy Education Minister detained on suspicion of budget funds theft

May 21 2013, 10:02

Sayat ShayakhmetovSayat Shayakhmetov

Kazakhstan's Financial Police Agency has detained the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Sayat Shayakhmetov and General Director of 'Management of Education and Science Projects Construction' A. Pak, the press service of the financial police reported.

Earlier the Financial Police Agency launched a criminal investigation on the misappropriation of budget funds in the amount of about $1.5 billion tenge (150.95 tenge = $1) while constructing an educational facility for 700 pupils in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk.

On May 14, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Shayakhmetov and general director of 'Management of Education and Science Projects Construction' Pak were detained on suspicion of committing the crime.

On May 17, Shayakhmetov was placed under house arrest and Pak was arrested with a court approval.

Earlier, the Financial Police Agency arrested former general director of 'ZAC Service' R. Kireev on charges of involvement in the crime.

The criminal case is under investigation, any other information has not been disclosed in the interests of the investigation.

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