On July 13th Nizami District Court under presiding judge Ramil Hasanov held a hearing on the case of Hilal Mammadov, who claims being tortured during his detention in Baku Investigative Prison on June 29th , the lawyer Ramiz Mammadov reported to the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety.
According to the lawyer, Judge Ramil Hasanov submitted the case to Nasimi District Court on the basis that Hilal Mammadov’s case had been transferred from Nizami District Prosecutor’s Office to the Investigation Department on Grave Crimes which is situated in Nasimi district.
Tolishi-Sado editor-in-chief Hilal Mammadov was detained on June 21st 2012. Nizami District Police Office opened a criminal case against him under article 234.4.3 (illegal manufacture, purchase, storage, transfer, transport or sale of drugs in a large quantity). If convicted under this Article Mammadov may face confiscation of his property and imprisonment for up to 12 years. On June 22nd, Nizami District Court sentenced Hilal Mammadov to 3 months of pre-trial detention. He is currently held in Baku Investigative Prison. On July 3rd Hilal Mammadov faced new charges under Articles 274 (high treason) and 283 (inciting national, racial, social and religious hatred, hostility and ethnic discrimination).