Another protest in support of arrested journalist Hilal Mammadov

March 13th, 2013

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On March 13th the Baku Grave Crimes Court held a closed hearing on the case of Tolishy Sado newspaper chief editor Hilal Mammadov. Before the start of the hearing, the committee to protect the rights of Hilal Mammadov picketed outside the court. The action was attended by some 40 people, who demanded the journalist’s release, and was observed by representatives of the International Federation for Human Rights, which included employees of Russian NGO Memorial and Kyrgyz Center Citizens against Corruption.

“As Hilal Mammadov’s petition for re-questioning of witness Elman Guliyev was granted, the hearing was postponed” the journalist’s lawyer Ramiz Mammadov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS).

The next hearing is scheduled for March 27, 10:30am.

Background: Hilal Mammadov is charged with illegal possession of drugs in large quantities (Article 234.4.3/Criminal Code), treason (Article 274/Criminal Code), and incitement of national, racial, social and religious hatred, hostility and ethnic discrimination (Article 283/Criminal Code).