Red Star Enterprises Ltd. and Mina Corp, two companies at the center of a US congressional investigation into fuel contracting practices in Kyrgyzstan, have pledged to cooperate with investigators and have negotiated a document submission extension, according to a reliable source familiar with the investigation.
In addition, three individuals associated with the companies, Chuck Squires, Erkin Bekbolotov and Doug Edelman, will not have to appear before a congressional committee in the coming days, despite being issued with subpoenas on July 1. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive]. Squires had been due to appear on July 15, with Bekbolotov and Edelman’s testimony dates scheduled for July 20 and July 22 respectively.
William Burck, Red Star's attorney and a partner in the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges' White Collar Defense and Investigation Group, disputed the idea that a deal had been struck. “The companies remain in discussions with the subcommittee and hope to achieve a resolution soon,” William Burck told EurasiaNet.org on July 15.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.