“On April 8, the Ganja City Nizami District Court held a preliminary hearing on the case of youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, who is being charged with evading military service. The hearing has been rescheduled for April 19th,” reported the activist’s lawyer, Alayif Hasanov.
inquiry Hasabov’s two motions, one for the termination of the case, the second for an to the Constitutional Court for an explanation of the “alternative to military service” were both rejected.
“The trial is not proceeding in line with procedural requirements. Bakhtiyar Hajiyev’s pre-trial detention has been extended for an additional 5 days. This verdict was announced without the participation of the attorneys.”
Hasanov reported that they had also objected to the court staff, and this protest was also rejected. Private channel ANS TV was the only media outlet allowed to televise the hearing.
The criminal case against Bakhtiyar Hajiyev was begun at the end of January. At that time, he signed a statement of commitment not to leave Ganja city. At the end of February his pre-trial detention was replaced with release under police bail.
On March 4, Hajiyev was sentenced to one-month’s pre-trial detention. It is widely thought that Hajiyev was arrested for his activity on social networking sites and his support of the March 11 Great People’s Day campaign.