Journalist Nijat Aliyev faces new charges

Nicat Əliyev

On January 26, 2012, grave accusations were brought against the arrested chief editor of website, Nijat Aliyev, journalist’s lawyer Anar Gasimli told the IRFS.  “New charges have been brought against my client under three Articles of the Criminal Code: (import, sale and distribution of religious literature, religious items and other informational materials of religious nature with the aim of reproduction, sale and distribution without appropriate authorization), 281.2 (making appeals to violent capture of authority, violent deduction of authority or violent change of constitutional grounds or infringement of territorial integrity of the Azerbaijan Republic, as well as distribution of materials of such contents) and 283.2.3 (Incitement of national, racial or religious hostility, humiliation of national honor, as well as discrimination of citizens  based on their national, racial or religious background committed publicly or with use of mass media)” said lawyer Anar Gasimli.

“The fact that the journalist, whom PACE rapporteur Cristoph Strasser had included in his list of political prisoners, faced the new accusations just two days after the rejection of Strasser’s report at PACE session, once again demonstrates the government’s true attitude towards the journalist ” noted the lawyer.

Background: religious website editor-in-chief Nijat Aliyev was detained on May 20, 2012, in front of Killer menswear shop near Memar Ajami metro station and taken to Yasamal District Police Office #27. He was later charged under Article 234.1 of the Criminal Code (illlegal manufacturing, purchase, storage, transportation, transfer or selling of narcotics/psychotropic substances) and sentenced to 2 months of pre-trial detention.

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