On September 10, Baku Appeals Court under presiding judge Sahibkhan Mirzayev held a hearing on the lawsuit filed by the arrested editor of the Tolishi Sado newspaper, Hilal Mammadov, against the decision of the Nasimi District Court to deny Mammadov’s request for a permission to serve his pretrial detention under house arrest. The Appeals Court upheld the original decision, denying Mammadov’s appeal.
“Together with my colleague lawyer Ramiz Mammadov, we stressed that the charges against Mammadov are unfounded. We also told the jury that Mammadov’s release on bail would not hinder the investigation. In turn, the investigation team insisted on Mammadov’s prison detention. Eventually, judge Sahibkhan Mirzayev decided to uphold the original decision of the Nasimi District Court” Mammadov’s lawyer told the mediaforum.az.
According to the lawyer, Mammadov also made a speech during the trial claiming his innocence. Mammadov ironically said that he felt much freer than the judges, despite of being in jail.
The chief editor of Tolishi Sado newspaper and deputy head of the Talish Cultural Centre, Hilal Mammadov, was arrested on June 21, 2012 on charges of drug possession. On June 22 Nizami District Court sentenced Mammadov to 3 months of pre-trial detention under Article 234.4.3 of the Criminal Code (illegal possession of drugs). On July 3, he faced new charges under Articles 274 (high treason) and 283 (incitement of national, racial, social and religious hatred, hostility, and ethnic discrimination). Once convicted, Mammadov may face confiscation of his property and imprisonment up to 12 years.