Monthly Archives: February 2017

“Annual Report” – 28/2/2017

February 28th, 2017
This report is a publication of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. This report has been prepared on the basis of desk-based research, field investigations, interviews, monitoring of court proceedings, media-monitoring, analysis of enquiries and complaints submitted to IRFS, IRFS hotline statistics, and other legally obtained
D18 Movement member Gadir Agakishiyev was tortured during the arrest, lawyer Fariz Namazli has reported. During the meeting with his lawyer, Agakishiyev described his arrest. According to Namazli, Agakishiyev received a phone call from Sumgayit City Executive Power saying ‘your hostel is going to be dismantled according to the city plan’ and was invited to the Executive Power premises. At the Executive Power building, four plainclothesmen took

KGB Case Involves Sixty Victims

February 27th, 2017
> Akif Chovdarov: These people are like hyenas and vultures; > Victim: I have suffered a total damage of AZN 6,322,000. On 27 February, Baku Military Court chairman Habib Hasanov presided over a hearing hosted by Sabunchu District Court on the criminal case of former head of the General Directorate for Energy and Transport Security of the dissolved Ministry of National Security (MNS) Major General Akif Chovdarov, former head of the 1st department
On 27 February, Baku Court of Appeal considered an appeal brought by REAL Movement activist Rahim Shaliyev. The court did not grant the defence’s motions. According to lawyer Yalchin Imanov, the rejected proposals were significant in terms of an objective investigation of the case. “The judicial scrutiny has been conducted cursorily. Furthermore, police officers provided contradictory testimonies against Rahim Shaliyev in court,” the lawyer
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) is gravely concerned and alarmed by the suppression of the freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. The restrictions on free speech, imprisoning and arresting journalists, bloggers and social media activists under various pretences, and the intensification of cases of harassment, torture, and violence against them are also distressing. IRFS strongly condemns the crackdown on free speech and regards
The health of Rahim Shaliyev, an activist of Sumgayit branch of REAL Movement, has gotten even worse, lawyer Yalchin Imanov reports. According to the lawyer, an ambulance was called for Shaliyev at the temporary detention facility of Sumgayit City Police Department after his health declined. Shaliyev has developed a skull deformation, which Imanov believes is a result of the torture inflicted on his client in police custody when he was arrested on
Summary: 8th hearing ➢ 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,
Summary: 7th 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 website editor, journalist Fikrat Faramazoglu. Operatives of the Main Organised Crime Department (MOCD) were questioned at the hearing as a witness. Ibrahim Kazimov,
On 24 February, Yusif Garayev, a member of the Control and Inspection Commission of Shaki branch of Musavat Party, was arrested on charges of disobedience to a legal requirement of the police. He was sentenced to 25 days of administrative detention by the decision of Shaki City Court, Musavat Party reports. Recall that, Yusif Garayev hosted a regional meeting of Musavat Party, attended by the Party’s Board members Elman Fattah and Ikram Israfil,
[photo archive] ➢ 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