On October 21, Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Anvar Seyidov continued youth activist Giyas Ibrahimov’s trial on drug charges.
At the hearing, Giyas Ibrahimov’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov made a speech. The lawyer said he had done a research and found out that the lawyer, who had his name and signature on one of the documents in Ibrahimov’s case file, had not been handling any case for a long time. Sadigov asked the court to commission an expert assessment in this regard. The court denied the motion.
Thereon, the court announced the completion of the judicial investigation. The prosecutor made a speech and asked for a 9-year jail sentence for Giyas Ibrahimov.
Lawyer Elchin Sadigov requested a continuance to prepare for his speech. The proceedings will continue on October 25. » » » »
The President of Azerbaijan Republic has signed a Decree on the Application of One-Stop-Shop Principle in the Procedure of Provision of Grants by Foreign Donors on the Territory of Azerbaijan Republic, according to the President’s official website.
According to the Decree, in recent years consistent measures have been implemented in Azerbaijan with the aim of increasing state support to civil society institutions, as well as transparency and accountability in their activities. As a result, civil society organisations in the country have become stronger, and their role in the development and implementation of programmes that are important for the state and the society has considerably increased.
For the purposes of supporting the activities of civil society institutions in Azerbaijan, facilitating the issuance of grants by foreign donors on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic, and ensuring the transparency in this field and effectual direction of allocated funds, the President has decided:
1. As of 1 January 2017, the “one stop shop” principle shall be applied in the procedure of provision of grants by foreign donors on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic. » » » »
Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil has become the target of cyber attacks. Breaking this news to the media, Khadija Ismayil said ‘now there is no doubt that the government is behind the malicious attacks’.
“My family member’s phone number and mine have been posted on a sexual services ad. It happened three times last week. First time, there was a newly created account posted with the phone numbers of me and my niece. Second time, it was a hacked account. Now there is another one, apparently also hacked, and now they have posted a new number, which I have been using but which is not registered in my name. Only the government with its surveillance equipment could have known that it is me who is using this number. » » » »
Summary: Hearings #27 and #28
- During his witness testimony, inmate Nadir Gadirov said they had tried to extract a statement from him against Taleh Bagirzade;
- Giving evidence as a witness, inmate Aliaga Gasimov said he had been forced to sign the statements during the investigation and did not confirm his statements at present;
- Lawyer Yalchin Imanov filed motions with the court to verify the attesting witnesses’ criminal records and to clarify whether an ambulance had been called on the day of the police operation in Nardaran, by sending inquiries to relevant agencies. The first motion was denied, while the second one remained undecided;
- Yalchin Imanov said wounded defendants Jahad Babakishizade, Shamil Abdulaliyev and Bahruz Asgarov had been taken to the hospital by villagers, and filed a motion to include a photo proof of this fact in the case file. The motion was sustained;
- Lawyer Fariz Namazli filed a motion to terminate the victim statuses of the police officers recognised as victims in the case. The motion was dismissed.
On 17 and 19 October 2016 Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Alovsat Abbasov continued the hearing on the criminal case of Muslim Union Movement’s Chairman Taleh Bagirzade and other members of the Muslim Union Movement, charged under 21 articles of the Criminal Code including homicide, terrorism and incitement.
The APFP Deputy Chairman Fuad Gahramanli who is not a member of the Movement but yet accused of promoting their cause is charged under Articles 220.2 (making calls for active insubordination to lawful requirements of representatives of authority and for mass disorders, as well as violence against citizens), 281.2 (public appeals directed against the state, committed repeatedly or by a group of people) and 283.2.1 (instigation of national, racial, social or religious hatred and hostility, by using or threatening to use violence) of the Criminal Code respectively. » » » »
Sumgait City Court chaired by Judge Elman Mammadov considered an application submitted by prominent human rights defender, President of Legal Education Society Intigam Aliyev. In his application, Intigam Aliyev sought a permission to travel abroad to attend international events. However, the court refused to grant his request.
Intigam Aliyev was arrested in 2014. He was convicted of tax evasion, misappropriation, illegal business, abuse of office and forgery and was sentenced to 7.5 years in jail by Baku Grave Crimes Court on 22 April 2015. The human rights defender’s sentence was subsequently upheld by Baku Appeal Court and the Supreme Court. Based on Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov’s petition submitted to the Supreme Court Plenum in March 2016, Intigam Aliyev’s sentence was commuted to a 5-year suspended sentence and he was released on 28 March 2016. According to the Plenum’s decision, the human rights defender is required to not change his place of residence without informing the agency monitoring his behaviour during the probationary period, which is Sumgait City Department for Execution of Court Judgments. » » » »
- At the hearing, journalist’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov defended the claim and asked for it to be granted;
- Gunel Akbarli, the representative of the defendant i.e. Baku City Prosecutor’s Office, requested rejection of the lawsuit;
- Elchin Najafov, the representative of the third party i.e. Ministry of Finance, sought the dismissal of the claim as well;
- Khadija Ismayil’s other lawyer Fariz Namazli also asked for the claim to be satisfied;
- The court denied the claim.
On October 18, Sabail District Court chaired by Judge Azer Tagiyev held a hearing on the civil case concerning Radio Liberty employee, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil’s 29,030-AZN (20,000 AZN for moral damage and 9,030 AZN for material damage) compensation claim against Baku City Prosecutor’s Office. Khadija Ismayil was seeking 9,030 AZN in material damage and 20,000 AZN in non-pecuniary damage for the period during which she was illegally held in detention on the charge of driving to suicide (Article 125 of Criminal Code) which she has been acquitted of. » » » »
The Working Group on the development of the Single List of Political Prisoners has released its updated list of political prisoners. The list has been signed by prominent human rights defenders and representatives of media organisations, NGOs and other civil society groups of the country.
According to the Working Group, the single list builds upon the previous lists with updates being made on the basis of the information and documents received from the mass media, social and political organisations, and lawyers and relatives of arrested persons.
In deciding whether to recognise a person as a political prisoner, the Working Group has referred to the following criteria specified in the Resolution No.1900 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), dated 3 October 2012:
– if the detention has been imposed in violation of one of the fundamental guarantees set out in the European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocols (ECHR), in particular freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression and information, freedom of assembly and association; » » » »