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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aliyev Accused of Embezzling

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- The prime minister fired this month by President Heidar Aliyev has accused the Azerbaijani president of embezzling proceeds from a huge international oil contract.


"Azerbaijan's main natural wealth, oil, is shamelessly being sold by Aliyev's clan," Suret Huseinov said in a statement Saturday carried by the Turan news agency in Baku. "They have pocketed $2.5 billion in cash for signing a contract with a Western consortium."


Huseinov, a wealthy warlord who helped bring Aliyev to power in a coup last year, has opposed a $9 billion Caspian Sea oil deal signed in September with nine foreign companies.


In early October, Aliyev accused Huseinov of masterminding a coup attempt in the city of Gyandzha. The rebellion was put down in a day.


Huseinov was stripped of his post but he denies the accusations.


Turan said a Russian commando team took Huseinov and former Defense Minister Rahim Gaziev to southern Russia on Saturday.