AIP CHAIRMAN SENTENCED TO 3 MONTHS OF PRE-TRIAL DETENTION

January 21st, 2011
Azerbaijan Islamic Party Chairman Movsum Samadov was sentenced to 3 months of pre-trial detention under new charges that were brought, Samadov’s lawyer Anar Gasimov told Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety today.

According to Gasimov, a criminal case was launched against Samadov under Article 214 of Criminal Code (terrorism), Article 228-3 (illegal purchase, transfer, selling, storage, transportation or carrying of fire-arms with accessories, supplies, explosives – committed by an organized group) and Article 278 (Violent capture of power). The Nasimi District Court issued a decision to sentence the party head to 3 months of pre-trial detention.

The lawyer said that they will appeal the decision.
BACKGROUND
Movsum Samadov, his driver Mirhuseyn Kazimov, party department head Vagif Abdulayev and party activist Elchin Hasanov were arrested on January 7th. Shahin Hasanli, the akhund at “Mashadi Dadash” mosque was detained on January 9th, but he was later released. On January 10th, residents Nuraddin Darafarin and Babak Hasanov, theologian Zulfugar Mikayilzade, Head of National and Moral Values Public Union Mehdi Mammadov, Deputy Head of Islamic Party Elchin Manafov, Islamic Party Spokesman Akif Heydarli and others were detained. About 20 religious followers have been detained in Ganja, a source told IRFS on the condition of anonymity.
The Azerbaijan Islamic Party Chairman criticized the hijab ban in the Party assembly on January 2nd, describing it as a moral blow to Azerbaijani societye. The video of the meeting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DQ7Sb7ZQvI&feature=player_embedded). was broadcasted on social networking sites. As a result of this, the party chairman and his supporters risk arrest.
The Azerbaijan Islamic Party was established in 1991 in Nardaran village, Baku. The party was registered with the Ministry of Justice in 1992. However, the party chairman and deputy chairman were charged with spying for Iran and arrested. The party’s official registration was annulled by the Supreme Court.
In 2007 congress of the Party, Movsum Samadov, head of AIP Guba Regional Committee was elected as the AIP chairman. Movsum Samadov was born in Guba in 1965. He is a graduate of Azerbaijan Medical University. Samadov worked as a doctor In Russia and Dagestan. In 1996, he went to Iran and graduated from Superior Islamic University in Kum, Iran.