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Arrested blogger Mehman Galandarov appears to have hanged himself in Baku Detention Centre #1, where he was held. The coordinator of ‘Azerbaijan Without Political Prisoners’ Public Alliance, human rights defender Ogtay Gulaliyev reported this on 29 April. He noted that there are murky circumstances surrounding Mehman Galandarov’s reported suicide in his detention cell on 28 April. » » » »

Even the closest relatives of Abulfaz Bunyadov, who has become paralysed after being shot during the Nardaran incident and whose pre-trial detention was replaced after more than one year in custody, are not allowed to enter his house, Bunyadov’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov reported on 28 April. » » » »

Summary: 15th hearing

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.

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> 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. » » » »

On 27 April, Shirvan Appeal Court held another hearing on the case of azel.tv website founder and editor, journalist Afgan Sadigov, who has been sentenced to 2 years and 5 months in jail on hooliganism charges.

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. » » » »

On 27 April,Sabail District Court launched judicial proceedings on the application of the Electronic Security Centre (ESC) under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies seeking to block several websitesin the territory of Azerbaijan. ESC has appealed to the court to block the critical websites azadliq.info, azadliq.org, azerbaycansaati.com and meydan.tv, as well as theAzerbaijani Hour television programs. More than 30 representatives of mass media, civil society and diplomatic corps wanted to observe the hearing presided over by Judge Nuraddin Bagirov, but only a limited number of people were granted access. The court bailiffs allowed only one journalist and four diplomatic corps representatives to watch the hearing, excusing it by the smallness of the courtroom. » » » »

On 27 April, Bastainfo.com website editor-in-chief Mustafa Hajibayli was interrogated in the 5th police station of Binagadi District Police Department, Hajibayli reported himself.

“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. » » » »

Summary: 1st hearing

> 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. » » » »

On 27 April, Baku Court of Appeal chaired by Judge Gail Mammadov heard the appeal brought against Sabail District Court’s decision of 28 March 2017 in the caseconcerning prominent blogger and human rights activist Mehman Huseynov’s subjection to torture in police custody.

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. » » » »