France transfers $10 mln of Karimova’s illegally acquired property to Uzbekistan

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Uzbekistan mentioned on Thursday it has acquired from France property value $10 million illegally acquired by Gulnara Karimova, the imprisoned daughter of the long-ruling Uzbek president Islam Karimov.

Karimova was as soon as seen as one of the crucial highly effective folks within the nation, and a possible successor to Karimov.

The Uzbek justice ministry mentioned that the property as soon as managed by Karimova, who’s convicted of misappropriation and extortion, had been transferred to Uzbekistan’s state price range from France, and can be utilized in accordance with the usual process.

“As a result of the efforts undertaken by the Justice Ministry and the Prosecutor General’s Office with the participation of the relevant agencies of Uzbekistan to secure the return of Karimova’s property obtained by illegal methods to the country, assets worth $10 million were returned to Uzbekistan from France on May 14 this year”, the ministry mentioned.

In 2014, Karimov put his daughter below home arrest and dismantled her enterprise empire, which included media holdings and cement factories, nightclubs, travel businesses, boutiques, and building firms. In 2015, she was convicted of extortion, theft of state property, tax evasion, and “assistance to criminal groups” which had property in 12 nations value over $1.7 billion. She was sentenced to 5 years of home arrest.

Criminal investigations in Switzerland, the United States, Sweden, and the Netherlands have linked Karimova to an enormous, years-long bribery scheme that revolved primarily round international telecommunications firms having access to the profitable Uzbek market.

Karimov died in 2016 and was succeeded by Shavkat Mirziyoev. In 2017, Karimova was sentenced to 10 years in jail on fraud and extortion prices. In March, she acquired one other sentence of greater than 13 years on extortion, cash laundering, and different crimes.