The President of Turkmenistan has stripped two senior police officers of their ranks along with benefits and privileges for "bribery and violating the law". The head of state signed a special decree in this connection. The document says that colonel Gurbangeldy Gandymov, head of the Interior Ministry Investigation Department and lieutenant colonel Khovly Allaberenov, deputy head of the Interior Ministry Investigation Department's investigation office "flagrantly violated the laws of Turkmenistan." They "took bribes to avoided exposure of crimes, ceased criminal proceedings against certain persons, calling them to the courtroom only as witnesses." At the same time, "they illegally persecuted and intimidated innocent citizens."