Arrested Theologian Taleh Bagirzade Denied Meeting with His Family Members


Taleh Bagirzade, the head of the Muslim Union Movement who is held in Baku Detention Center, was denied a meeting with his family, Taleh Bagirzade’s lawyer Javad Javadov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS).

Taleh Bagirzade was arrested in an operation conducted by law enforcement officers in Nardaran settlement of Baku on November 26, 2015. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, 58 people were arrested in connection with the Nardaran events. The Serious Crimes Investigation Department under the Prosecutor General’s Office launched a criminal case on the fact and those detained were charged under Articles 120 (deliberate homicide), 214 (terrorism), 220 (mass disorders), 228 (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of firearms, their accessories, ammunition and explosives), 278 (violent seizure or maintenance of power), 283 (inciting national, racial, social or religious enmity), 315 (resistance or violence against a representative of authority), and 279 (creation of armed formations or groups not provided for by legislation) of the Criminal Code.

According to Article 15 of the Law of Azerbaijan Republic on Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Persons Held in Places of Detention, persons remanded in custody have the right to meet with their relatives. However, this right is violated by the Detention Center leadership.

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