The daughter of former Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Gulnara Karimova, has been charged with multiple corruption offenses by the Office Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland. The charges include money laundering, bribery, and participation in a criminal network. The initial reports of Karimova’s suspected criminal activities were filed in 2012, leading to a criminal investigation by the Swiss OAG. As a result, approximately 780 million Swiss francs worth of assets were seized.
The investigation expanded beyond money laundering to include Karimova’s alleged involvement in establishing and directing a criminal organization known as ‘The Office’ between 2001 and 2013. The Swiss OAG believes that The Office operated as a professional business, engaging in criminal activities while adhering to regulations and employing violence and intimidation tactics.
The Swiss OAG has filed an indictment against Gulnara Karimova and an unnamed former director of a Russian telecommunications company’s Uzbek subsidiary in the Federal Criminal Court (FCC). While Karimova is accused of initiating The Office’s criminal activities, the former director is considered a key member, particularly in the Uzbek telecommunications sector.
These new charges against Karimova are alleged to have taken place during her father’s presidency. During that time, she held a prominent position in Uzbekistan, running an entertainment television channel, releasing her own music, and serving in the UN Office in Geneva with diplomatic immunity. Currently, Karimova is in jail in Uzbekistan under an embezzlement conviction.