Daily Archives: Wednesday April 12th, 2017

> The former MNS (Ministry of National Security) employees had released businessmen after extorting AZN 80,000. On 12 April, Baku Military Court chairman Habib Hasanov presided over a hearing hosted by Sabunchu District Court in 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 Salim Mammadov,
Summary: 2nd hearing > The public prosecutor read out the indictment bill; > Ali Insanov testified: I am in opposition to the government, not to the statehood; > Inmates Rovshan Salahov and Shunasib Aliyev and ex-inmate Anar Tahmazov, who are attesting witnesses in the case, and employee of the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice Fuzuli Ismayilov testified as a witness and confirmed what was written in the indictment bill. On
Ibrahim Mehdiyev, the head of Yasamal district executive power, behaved rudely towards freelance journalist and photo reporter Fargana Novruzova covering the protest rally against the demolition of Haji Javad Mosque in Yasamal district. The moment was caught by the journalist’s video camera while she was filming at a distance. This is how Novruzova describes the incident. “I heard that Haji Javad Mosque in Sovetski [a residential area] was going
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) resolutely condemns today’s decision of the Court of Appeals in Baku, Azerbaijan to uphold on appeal the two-year prison sentence of Mehman Huseynov on charges of defamation. IRFS believes their chairman and popular blogger Mehman Huseynov was targeted solely for his critical reporting of official corruption and nepotism, and that he should be released immediately and unconditionally.The
> Lawyer Elchin Sadigov: We will file an appeal with the Supreme Court. Unless it is granted, we will turn to the European Court. On 12 April, Baku Court of Appeal announced the decision on the appeal filed against Surakhani District Court’s judgment on blogger Mehman Huseynov. The judgment was upheld by the jury presided over by Judge Vagif Mursagulov. The hearing was attended by media representatives, socio-political figures, and representatives