TASHKENT, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- A total of 1,986 officials were brought to justice for committing corruption-related crimes in Uzbekistan over the past two years, local media reported on Saturday.
Corruption-related crimes have caused 2 trillion Uzbek soums (193 million U.S. dollars) worth of material damage to the country since 2018, Uzbek Prosecutor General Nigmatilla Yuldashev told local media.
According to Yuldashev, officials involved in corruption cases included 318 members of law enforcement bodies, 166 bankers, 31 tax officials, and others in various sectors of the economy.
Earlier this year, the Uzbek government set up an agency to combat corruption and announced a plan to reward citizens up to 544 dollars for reporting corruption offenses.
Since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took office in 2016, Uzbekistan has taken a series of measures to carry out economic reforms, including liberalizing its foreign exchange market, reducing taxes and offering preferential treatment to foreign investment. (1 Uzbek soum = 0.000097 U.S. dollars) Enditem