Monthly Archives: March 2017

Summary: 12th hearing > Officers of Post Patrol Service Division of Sabunchu District Police Department testified at the hearing as victims in the case; > Defendant Vusal Alish said he would complain to the Supreme Court over the fact that the judge did not give the defendants chances to ask questions to the victims. On 31 March, Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Mayil Bayramov held another hearing on the criminal case of Muslim Union
Bashir Suleymanli: This is yet Another Instance of Government Crackingdown on Civil Society On 30 March, former political prisoner, human rights defender Bashir Suleymanli’s father who lives in Yevlakh city (more…)
> Both parties’ opinions overlap on the issue of doctors’ responsibility; > Defendant’s lawyer: They broke Rasim’s rib in the hospital. On 29 March, Baku Court of Appeal held a hearing on the appeal filed against the judgment of the persons convicted of the death of IRFS' former chairman, journalist Rasim Aliyev. Presiding judge Gadim Babayev announced that the court was going to discuss the lawyers’ motion lodged at the previous
Summary: 10th hearing > Lawyer Elchin Sadigov lodged motions to examine additional witnesses, to send a request to the cellular operator to extract the list of incoming and outgoing calls from the journalist’s mobile phone number and to submit the journalist’s signatures for examination. The court only satisfied the motion concerning the examination of signatures. On 28-29 March, Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Eldar Mikayilov held
> None of the motions was granted by the court; > Addressing the judge, Mehman Huseynov said: It would be good if you release me, but I would not care if you do not. On 29 March, Baku Court of Appeal held a preliminary hearing on the appeal filed against Surakhani District Court’s judgment on blogger Mehman Huseynov. The hearing presided over by Judge Vagif Mursagulov was attended by a number of media representatives, socio-political figures,
> The court did not give the defence time to get acquainted with the case materials; > The judge made a hasty decision, without granting any of the motions; > Lawyer Fuad Agayev believes that the hurried issuance of the decision is no coincidence. On 28 March, Sabail District Court considered the appeal brought against the decision of Baku Prosecutor’s Office on refusal to initiate criminal proceedings into the police torture against IRFS
On 28 March, Baku Court of Appeal chaired by Judge Elshana Valiyeva considered Azerbaijan Popular Front Party’s (APFP) appeal against the Ministry of Justice over the Ministry’s refusal to recognise the latest congress of the Party. APFP’s representative Samad Rahimli noted during his speech that the Justice Ministry’s refusal to register the facts of the holding of the congress was unlawful and groundless. He said the Ministry’s decision
On 27 March, Masalli Regional Court extended the pre-trial detention period of Sardar Babayev, a member of the Assembly of Azerbaijani Clergy and the editor-in-chief of maide.az website, for another month, lawyer Javad Javadov has said. The theologian’s period of arrest was prolonged until 30 April, at a closed hearing. (more…)
On 28 March, Guba Regional Court convicted the eleven people arrested for participating in a rally of protest over socio-economic difficulties held in Siyazan region in January of last year. At a hearing chaired by Judge Elman Ahmadov, the court handed down jail sentences of 6 years for Muslum Azimov, 5 years for Elchin Aliyev, 5 years for Talib Agamaliyev, 5 years for Kamran Abdullayev, 6 years for Zaur Shakarov, 5 years for Nizami Ganiyev, 2 years
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) resolutely condemns today’s decision of a court in Baku to reject a complaint against inhuman treatment filed by the imprisoned blogger and human rights defender Mehman Huseynov. The decision comes within 24 hours of the government blocking critical news websites throughout the country. “The mass website blocking without any government explanation or court order is both illegal and unjustified,”