Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s former president, has been indicted in Switzerland for corruption, fraud, and organized crime. The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) announced the indictment, which also includes an Uzbek telecoms executive, following a lengthy criminal investigation. The charges cover the period from 2005 to 2013 and involve participation in a criminal organization, money laundering, acceptance of bribes as foreign public officials, and forgery of documents.
According to the OAG, Karimova is accused of creating and running a criminal organization known as “The Office” from 2001 to 2013. The organization operated in various countries, including Switzerland, and aimed to conceal the capital originating from its criminal activities in Swiss bank accounts and real estate. Karimova allegedly received large bribes from foreign companies seeking access to Uzbekistan’s telecommunications sector. The investigation found that these bribes were paid through companies within “The Office” to leverage her influence for market access.
The OAG’s investigation has led to the seizure of assets totaling 780 million Swiss francs (806 million euros), including bank assets, real estate, cash, and valuables deposited in bank safes. The OAG has also requested the confiscation of another 440 million francs-worth of assets. The head of the Uzbek branch of a Russian telecommunications company, who is considered a key member of the criminal organization, has also been indicted.
Karimova, who is already serving a 13-year sentence in Uzbekistan for embezzlement, now faces charges in Switzerland. The indictment was filed in Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court.