Monthly Archives: January 2017

On 31 January, REAL Movement deputy chairman Azer Gasimli and Board member Erkin Gadirli were questioned at the Serious Crimes Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Gasimli and Gadirli themselves reported. Gasimli, who was summoned to the Investigation Department for the second time, said he had been released after an interrogation that lasted for about two hours. “They again asked questions about the meeting with the representative
➢ Lawyer Elchin Sadigov filed a motion to conduct a handwriting analysis; ➢ A complaint will be submitted to the European Court in Mehman's case. On 31 January, Baku Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Mirpasha Huseynov heard the appellate case against Nasimi District Court’s decision sentencing blogger Mehman Huseynov to a 200-AZN fine. At the hearing, Mehman Huseynov’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov filed a motion. “I do not agree with Nasimi District
On 12 January, Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Eldar Ismayilov held a hearing on the criminal case of Ilgar Aliyev, Chairman of "New Tomorrow” non-governmental organisation (NGO). Speaking at the hearing, the prosecutor requested that Ilgar Aliyev be sentenced to 13 years in jail. The next hearing was set for 24 January. (more…)
Ahsan Nuruzade, a supporter of theologian Taleh Bagirzade, who has been missing for a week, turned out to be in the custody of the Main Organised Crime Department (MOCD) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as anticipated, Nuruzade’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov reported on 30 January. According to the lawyer, after his appeals to various agencies, he found out that the youth believer was at MOCD. The same day, the attorney went to MOCD, where he was

Tafakkur University Closed Down

January 29th, 2017
Tafakkur University, a private higher education institution closed down. According to the Ministry of Education, the decision has been taken at the request of the university. The university reportedly appealed to the Ministry of Education with the proper application in October 2016, by stating that the Board of Founders of the university decided to cease its activities due to financial strains. Considering this request and the fact that the university’s
Well-known lawyers Matlab Mutallimli, Bahruz Bayramov, Namizad Safarov, Muzaffar Bakhishov, Gurban Mammadov and Atakhan Abilov, have addressed an appeal to President Ilham Aliyev concerning jailed former investigator Rufat Safarov. The petition’s text reads as follows: “We, members of the Lawyers’ group, express our grave concerns about the on-going and systematic psychological pressure and torture against Rufat Safarov, a former investigator
A code of ethics is being developed for parliamentarians in Azerbaijan and is expected to be up for discussion in the spring session of the Parliament. As with public servants, ethical norms in MPs’ behaviour, activity, statements, and speeches will be regulated and legally assessed. It will be a ground breaking document concerning the members of the Azerbaijani Parliament. In recent months, inappropriate statements made by some MPs have caused
Summary: Hearing #4 Defendant Elchin Gasimov testified about the injustices done to him following his arrest; Defendant Aghaali Yahyayev said he had provided the statement under duress. On 27 January, Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Mayil Bayramov held a hearing on the criminal case of the Muslim Union Movement chairman Taleh Bagirzade’s deputy, Elchin Gasimov, and his 11 co-defendants; Nahid Gahramanov, Aghaali Yahyayev, Seyfaddin Shirvanov,
On 27 January, Baku Court of Appeal rejected the appeal against Narimanov District Court’s decision of 16 January on NIDA Civic Movement activist Rahim Valiyev, lawyer Elchin Sadigov said. According to the lawyer, the court did not discuss the issue of torture reports having been made to the prosecutor’s office on Valiyev’s subjection to torture, and left their petition unexamined. Sadigov stressed that he would apply to the European Court