Democratic US Rep. Henry Cuellar Of Texas And His Wife Are Indicted Over Ties To Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas and his wife have been indicted on conspiracy and bribery charges in connection with a federal probe into their ties with the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the couple surrendered to authorities on Friday and were taken into custody.

It said they made an initial appearance before a federal judge in Houston and were each released on $100,000 bond.

Cuellar released a statement Friday denying any wrongdoing.

According to the federal indictment, the couple accepted nearly $600,000 in bribes from an Azerbaijan-controlled energy company and a bank in Mexico in exchange for advancing the interests of the country and the bank in the U.S.

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