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Uzbekistan Convicts Top Bank Officials

26 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbekistan has tried and convicted in absentia several former state bank officials for alleged economic crimes.

Interfax today quotes Ramazon Polatov, the head of the economic crime division at the Uzbek Prosecutor-General's Office, as saying 14 former employees of the National Bank of Uzbekistan for Foreign Economic Relations were sentenced to various prison terms.

Polatov said the charges against the 14 include embezzling state funds and property, taking bribes, and other crimes.

Polatov said the 14 have been placed on an international most wanted list.

Polatov said that the bank's former first deputy head, Sveltana Tishenko, and two Italian citizens are among those sought by Uzbek authorities.