➢ Defendant Ramil Aliyev answered the public prosecutor’s and the lawyers’ questions;
➢ Defendant Elgun Akhundov and Ali Shahbazov testified about the tortures inflicted upon them.
On 24 February, Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Mayil Bayramov held another hearing on the criminal case of Muslim Union Movement (MUM) chairman Taleh Bagirzade’s deputy Elchin Gasimov and his 11 co-defendants – Nahid Gahramanov, Aghaali Yahyayev, Seyfaddin Shirvanov, Farhad Muradov, Ramil Aliyev, Elgun Akhundov, Vusal Alishov, Isa Ibrahimov, Seymur Aslanov, Ali Shahbazov and Amirali Aliyev.
Defendant Ramil Aliyev answered the public prosecutor’s and the lawyers’ questions. He noted that he had been subjected to torture during the investigation and wanted to speak about that in detail. However, the presiding judge demanded him to answer the questions on merits, noting that the court had appealed to the Prosecutor’s Office regarding the torture allegations and an investigation was being carried out, and, plus, he had given a two-hour-long testimony at the previous hearing. » » » »
➢ Operatives of the Main Organised Crime Department (MOCD) Ibrahim Kazimov and Islam Agabayov were questioned at the hearing as a witness.
On 24 February, Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Eldar Mikayilov held another hearing on the criminal case of Jam.az website editor, journalist Fikrat Faramazoglu.
Operatives of the Main Organised Crime Department (MOCD) were questioned at the hearing as a witness. Ibrahim Kazimov, an operative nicknamed Shrek whose name is linked with torture in the ‘Nardaran case’, testified first. He noted that victim Mehman Hasanov had appealed to the MOCD that Faramazoglu had demanded AZN 3,000 from him for materials published on Jam.az. » » » »
Recall that, Yusif Garayev hosted a regional meeting of Musavat Party, attended by the Party’s Board members Elman Fattah and Ikram Israfil, in his house on 19 February. Musavat’s Shaki city branch believes that the activist has been arrested specifically for providing a venue for the meeting in his home.
➢ Lawyer Elchin Guliyev’s motion to decline to accept the private prosecution complaint about review was not granted;
➢ Mehman Huseynov waived his state-appointed attorney;
➢ Mehman Huseynov’s identity was verified based on a photo.
On 24 February, Surakhani District Court chaired by Judge Jeyhun Gadimov held a preliminary hearing on the private prosecution complaint brought by Nasimi District Police Department chief Musa Musayev against blogger Mehman Huseynov. The hearing was attended by Mehman Huseynov, his lawyer Elchin Sadigov and his state-appointed lawyer Eldar Alyarov. On behalf of Musa Musayev, his representative, lawyer Alirza Habilov participated in the hearing.
Mehman Huseynov told the judge that he had submitted an application on waiving his public defender at the previous hearing. “But Eldar Alyarov still attends,” Mehman Huseynov said.
Judge Jeyhun Gadimov noted that the written waiver of the lawyer had been handed in after the previous hearing. “The waiver will be discussed at this hearing, and after that, a decision will be taken,” the judge replied. » » » »
Lawyer Fakhraddin Mehdiyev said he would submit a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights after obtaining a copy of the Supreme Court decision.
Background: APFP activist Zeynalabdin Bagirzade was convicted under Article 315-2 (use of violence against a civil servant) of the Criminal Code, and was sentenced to 8 years in jail under Babak District Court’s judgment of 2 February 2016. The Supreme Court of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (AR) upheld the lower court’s decision. » » » »
The relentlessly brutal political repression has reached a point of no return after at least eight prominent activists have been thrown behind bars in the weeks leading up to the controversial appointment of the First Lady of Azerbaijan to the newly created position of First Vice President, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) said today.
The organisation condemns the Azerbaijani regime for aggressively restricting the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly, cracking down on dissidents and anyone considered a threat to the ruling regime.
This crackdown has preceded the illegal consolidation of power in the hands of the ruling regime on 21 February when President Aliyev announced that his wife, Mehriban, would become the First Vice President of Azerbaijan.