A US Congressional investigation into the operations of Mina Corp, a Gibraltar-registered company that holds the Pentagon’s fuel-delivery contract at Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan, is drawing to a close, having found no evidence of wrongdoing. But US officials are not ruling out the possibility of a follow-up investigation at a future date.
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform launched its investigation in April into Mina Corp and Red Star Enterprises Ltd., the previous holder of the fuel supply contract at Manas, a key logistics hub
for the US and NATO war effort in Afghanistan. Investigators searched for evidence that Mina Corp and Red Star may have engaged in improper business practices, including possibly entering into corrupt deals with former Kyrgyz presidents Kurmanbek Baliyev and Askar Akayev, and/or their associates.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.