Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov cleaned up house, dismissing most of the Procurator’s offices top officials, among other senior government officials in what has been touted to be a crackdown on corruption. Last month, he dismissed General Prosecutor Yaranmyrad Yazmyradov, Prosecutor of Ashgabat Movlamberdy Garaev, and Deputy Minister of National Security for Ashgabat city over accusations of grand-scale corruption and abuse of office. Then, last week, Turkmenistan’s newly installed Prosecutor General, Amanmurad Khalyev, Yazmyradov’s replacement, a former Chair of the Supreme Court announced that a criminal investigation into Garaev, Ashgabat’s Prosecutor, showed gross violations of Turkmenistan’s laws, bribery, and illegal acquisition of property. Garaev pleaded guilty and testified against his accomplices.
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