On 28 April, 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 MUM members Nahid Gahramanov, Aghaali Yahyayev, Seyfaddin Shirvanov, Farhad Muradov, Ramil Aliyev, Elgun Akhundov, Vusal Alishov, Isa Ibrahimov, Seymur Aslanov, Ali Shahbazov and Amirali Aliyev. » » » »
> The Ministry of Communications has sent in a letter which reads that Emin Mammadov, Sahrab Humbatov and Namazali Mammadov have fully paid the monetary damages caused by them to the Ministry, so the Ministry no longer has any civil claim against them;
> The court has received a letter from defendant Beytulla Huseynov’s brother Ramiz Huseynov demanding that the arrest imposed on his property due to his brother be lifted;
> The other defendants’ lawyers lodged a motion to conduct an expert review arguing that the amount mentioned in the indictment bill had been exaggerated. The motion was denied;
> Defendant Vidadi Zeynalov again refused to testify.
> Ilgar Aliyev’s 12-year jail sentence was reduced by 6 months.
On 28 April, Baku Court of Appeal heard the appeal filed by NGO Chairman Ilgar Aliyev, who has recently been imprisoned on illegal business and other charges, against his judgment. Ilgar Aliyev’s appeal was partly granted at the hearing chaired by Judge Jamal Ramazanov. The first instance court’s judgment on Aliyev was revised, and his 12-year jail sentence was reduced to 11 years and 6 months. » » » »
Speaking of the court session, lawyer Elchin Sadigov said Jalilabad Regional Executive Power’s response letter had been presented at the hearing. The letter read that no record was kept on the incident day and there was no surveillance camera in the executive power head’s reception room. » » » »
“I was received by Major Javanshir Guliyev in the fifth police station. He told me that the police station had received a material about Bayram Safarov who had been martyred during the invasion of Shusha 25 years before. » » » »
> At the preliminary court hearing, Elgiz Gahraman’s lawyer Fariz Namazli lodged motions in writing to replace his client’s pre-trial detention with house arrest, to allow Elgiz Gahraman to sit next to his lawyer at hearings, and to conduct the proceedings through partial judicial investigation. None of the motions was granted;
> The lawyer requested a copy of the document on the outcome of his commentary on the hearing transcripts drawn up during the consideration of the case in Baku Grave Crimes Court. The court denied the motion;
> The case proceeded to the main hearing.
On 27 April, Baku Court of Appeal chaired by Judge Sahibkhan Mirzayev held a preliminary hearing on the appeal filed by opposition NIDA Civic Movement’s member Elgiz Gahraman. » » » »
Mehman Huseynov did not attend court. He substantiated his absence by his sickness and by the a direct transfer from Prison #14, where he is held, to Baku Court of Appeal. » » » »