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Manas Fuel Supply Figures Negotiate with Congressional Investigators

A C5 Galaxy cargo plane re-fuels at Manas airbase near Bishkek in December 2001 in support of US military operations in Afghanistan. (Photo: US Air Force/SSgt. S.C. Felde)

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.

Manas Fuel Supply Figures Negotiate with Congressional Investigators

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