International Humanitarian Aid Embezzled in Azerbaijan

BAKU (RFE/RL)–The state commission for receipt–registration–storage and distribution of humanitarian aid has announced that executives of charity organizations and local government officials have misappropriated humanitarian aid worth several million dollars–Turan reported on Friday.

Part of the aid was destined for the estimated 800,000 displaced persons who fled their homes during the Karabakh conflict.

Azeri government officials were not available for comment–and there has not been an official response to the reports.

The accused individuals have not yet been charged with any criminal activity.

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