Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-235
Unnamed Uzbek "Government Official A"/ Mobile Telesystems and Vimpelcom Telecom Case (Belgium)
Uzbekistan
"Several Positions" in Uzbek Government, including during 2005-2011; a "relative of the President of Uzbekistan"
Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2015
Ongoing
Art.16
Non-Conviction Based Forfeiture (in US)
Ongoing
Investigation/Asset Tracing/Asset Restraint
Unknown amount

See related entry, civil asset forfeiture actions by the United States.  In one of the two civil asset forfeiture actions filed against assets related to unnamed Uzbek official and VimpelCom bribery case, including assets held in accounts at Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV in Brussels, Belgium on behalf of First Global Investments SPC Limited Funds. (Source:  US v. Any and all assets held in account numbers ... at Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV, Brussels, Belgium, on behalf of First Global Investments SPC Limited, et al, Case No. 15-cv-05063 (SDNY), Verified Complaint filed on June 29, 2015 and Partial Default Judgment and Order of Forfeiture filed January 11, 2016; Court Docket Report as of June 27, 2016.)

According to the US Department of Justice complaint filed in the case, Gayane Avakyan and Rustan Madumarov, close associates of "Government Official A" were arrested in 2014 and subsequently convicted and of multiple criminal offenses in relation to the case and sentenced to prison terms.  (Source:  US v. Any and all assets held in account numbers ... at Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV, Brussels, Belgium, on behalf of First Global Investments SPC Limited, et al, Case No. 15-cv-05063 (SDNY), Verified Complaint filed on June 29, 2015, paragraphs 18-19; See also, US v. All Assets Held in Accounts [by First Global Accounts, Case No. 15-cv-05063 (SDNY), January 26, 2016.

Tashkent Regional Criminal Court in the Republic of Uzbekistan