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European Court of Human Rights is considering the complaint regarding the abduction of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli in the priority manner and has already submitted its questions to the government of Azerbaijan in this connection.
According to lawyer Elchin Sadigov, the government of Azerbaijan has been given a week to respond to the questions. » » » »

On 19 June, Sabail District Court chaired by Judge Aytan Aliyeva held a hearing on the criminal case of Azadliq newspaper financial director Faig Amirli. Eight witnesses were questioned at the proceeding. One of them, Valeh Guliyev said he had put an ad on the newspaper regarding his lost documents, but it happened in 2001 as opposed to 2011 alleged by the investigative agency. » » » »

Baku Grave Crimes Court announced the judgment on editor Fikrat Faramazoglu. He was convicted of extortion and sentenced to 7 years in jail and a 2-year ban from journalistic activity. » » » »

Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli has been interrogated in Baku Detention Centre, lawyer Elchin Sadigov reports. According to the lawyer, Afgan Mukhtarli filed a petition for the interrogation of the newsperson of ITV’s Jarchi program, who had reported that the journalist had been brought from Georgia to Azerbaijan in a joint operation of Azerbaijani and Georgian special services, and the experts and MP Elman Nasirov, who had spoken on the same news item in this regard. » » » »

Nasimi District Court, chaired by Judge Babak Panahov, considered the motion to replace the pre-trial detention measure ordered for Head of Kanal 13, Aziz Orujov, with house arrest. The court denied the motion. According to lawyer Javad Javadov, Aziz Orujov himself participated in the hearing and called his arrest illegal. The lawyer added that he would apply to the European Court unless the truth triumphed in local investigative and judicial authorities.

Faig Amirli Trial Ongoing

June 13th, 2017

Azadliq newspaper financial director’s case is underway in Sabail District Court. Today’s hearing in the case was chaired by Judge Aytan Aliyeva. The court listened to several witnesses.

Sokrat Suleymanov of Qaya press distribution firm said 35-40 percent of income from the sale of copies of the newspaper was the firm’s share and their cooperation was based on a contract. » » » »

Baku Court of Appeal has reviewed the appeal filed by prisoner of conscience Giyas Ibrahimov. Having been brought to the courtroom, Ibrahimov was placed inside the enclosed glass dock.

The hearing was presided over by Judge Vugar Mammadov. Lawyer Elchin Sadigov made a speech at the court session. He stressed that the drug charges against Ibrahimov were trumped-up. The lawyer solicited the court to drop the case on exculpatory grounds. » » » »

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom of Safety (IRFS) condemns the authorities of Azerbaijan for new wave of attacks on the freedom of expression in the country manifesting in the form of prosecution of the leadership of independent internet television station Kanal 13; use of brutal torture against arrested journalist Nijat Amiraslanov, bolstering of the defamatory legislation and finally, the abominable cross-border abduction of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Georgia. » » » »

Head of Kanal-13 Arrested

June 3rd, 2017

Head of Kanal-13, Aziz Orujov was supposed to be freed in the evening hours yesterday, after his 30-day administrative arrest. Two hours before his expected release, Orujov was taken to the Serious Crimes Investigation Department. » » » »

Baku Grave Crimes Court held a hearing on the criminal case of website editor Fikrat Faramazoglu. The proceeding was initially scheduled to start at 4pm, but was later postponed till 5pm. However, it started earlier than that. At the hearing chaired by Eldar Mikayilov, the prosecutor made a speech. » » » »