Court denies key petitions in Parviz Hashimli case

April 14th, 2014

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Baku Court on Grave Crimes continued hearing on April 14 on the case of journalist Parviz Hashimli and his alleged accomplice Tavakkul Gurbanov. Judge Novruz Karimov led the process.

Witnesses who were to be testifying in today’s hearing were not attending.

The defense’s petition on requesting the Russia-based manufacture of Makarov guns to provide information as to which country was the importer of the weapons mentioned in this case was not granted by the judge.

The defense also filed a motion to bring the $ 2800 to the court and check if the banknotes bear hand prints of Hashimli, when it turned out that money had already been handed over to the treasury of MNS.

Note that next hearing will be held on April 17.

Lawyer Elchin Sadigov has told IRFS that the defense has complained to the European Court against the local courts’ dismissal of their complaints about torture and violation of the right of defense and petitions for Hashimli to be released on bail and for his detention and the searches done in his house and workplace to be considered illegal.

Bizim Yol newspaper journalist and moderator.az editor-in-chief Parviz Hashimli was detained on September 17, by employees of the Ministry of National Security. Main Investigation Department of MNS launched a case against him with three articles of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code: Article 206.3.2 (smuggling of firearms on preliminary arrangement by an organized group), 228.2.1 (illegal purchase, transfer, selling, storage, transportation and carrying of firearms, their accessories, supplies and explosives by an organized group) and 228.2.2 (the same acts committed repeatedly).