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Iranian oil dealer’s Czech aide released from custody

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Prague, July 24 (CTK) – Daniel Rudzan, a right-hand man of Shahram Abdullah Zadeh, an influential Iranian oil dealer, both suspected of a huge tax evasion, has been released from custody in the Czech Republic, server reported Friday.

Along with them, another 13 people are suspected of tax evasion worth 2.5 billion crowns.

The police say the gang led by Zadeh imported fuels from Germany and Slovenia and through around 60 firms and with the help of stooges cheated the state out of taxes, presenting false tax returns.

“We have succeeded, my client has been released on a 9.5 million crown bail,” Rudzan’s lawyer Jaroslav Ortman told

Zadeh, who has complained with the Constitutional Court, remains in custody even though he offered a bail of 80 million crowns.

The tax evasion dates back to the period between March 2012 and June 2013 when the gang imported 409 million litres of fuels from Germany and Slovenia.

The anti-corruption police detained the masterminds behind the huge tax frauds in March 2014.

Fifteen people are prosecuted on suspicion of tax, fee and similar mandatory payments evasion and of participation in an organised criminal group. They face nine to 13 years in prison if found guilty.

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