DUSHANBE -- The prosecutor is seeking 17 years' imprisonment for the key defendant among six former Tajik State Anti-Corruption Agency officials, all accused of corruption, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Tuesday (September 12), quoting relatives of the defendants.
All six defendants gave their final remarks to the Supreme Court Tuesday, according to RFE/RL and Avesta.tj.
Firuz Kholmurodzoda, who formerly headed the agency's Investigative Directorate, faces the lengthy sentence if the court agrees with the prosecutor. Five former subordinates of Kholmurodzoda could receive sentences between 7 and 15 years.
In July, the country's Supreme Court sentenced former Anti-Corruption Agency deputy director Davlatbek Khairzoda and former Customs Service official Faridun Benazirzoda to 10 and a half years' imprisonment each for corruption.
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