US imposed sanctions against ex-head of Kyrgyz customs


The United States has imposed sanctions on former Kyrgyz customs chief Raimbek Matraimov, a wealthy and influential political player currently under house arrest.

The US Treasury Department put Matraimov on the sanctions list under the Magnitsky Act, which provides for sanctions for human rights violations and corruption.

The sanctions provide for the freezing of all assets of the persons on the list in the US jurisdiction.

Last year, Matraimov was involved in a corruption scheme involving the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars from Kyrgyzstan through a Chinese-born Uyghur businessman Aierken Saimaiti, who was killed in Istanbul in November 2019.

As the leak of data on the investigation into the murder of Saimaiti in Turkey showed, the businessman himself called Matraimov one of two people who could be guilty of his death if something happened to him.

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