Ukrainian arms trader declines comments on involvement of its officials in corruption case in Kazakhstan

The Ukrainian state-owned arms trading company Ukrspetsexport declined comments on media reports alleging that its high-ranking officials were involved in a corruption scandal in Kazakhstan.

"We do not comment on these reports, because the state company has not received official information from Kazakh or Ukrainian authorized bodies regarding the detention or arrest of our employees in Kazakhstan on suspicion of giving a bribe," the company told Interfax.

"We are currently conducting an internal inquiry into a possibility that the state company's employees could have been involved in some incident in Kazakhstan," an Ukrspetsexport spokesman said.

The Internet publication ZN.UA reported on Thursday citing Kazakh media that two high-ranking Ukrspetsexport officials had been detained at a Kazakh international airport on suspicion of giving $200,000 to a Kazakh government official as a bribe for facilitating the implementation of export contracts.

Kazakh television reported with reference to a high-ranking law enforcement source that Almaz Asenov, the chief of the Kazakh Defense Ministry's main arms directorate, had been detained on suspicion of accepting a large bribe.

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