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Duped Azerbaijanis Demand Action On Fraudulent Company

BAKU -- Some 300 people protested in front of the Azerbaijani parliament, demanding an investigation into a Baku-based company they claim defrauded them of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The demonstrators say they paid thousands of dollars to Kosmos-Galaktika, which had promised to employ them in an organization dealing with international humanitarian aid.

The "victims" reportedly paid Kosmos-Galaktika President Sevda Khalilova between $3,000 and $160,000 in exchange for a job that they never received.

An Interior Ministry spokesman told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service that the alleged case of fraud has been registered but that no criminal charges have yet been filed.