Court grants Gunel Hasanli’s petition

 On 28 September, the Baku Court of Appeal, chaired by judge Aflatun Gasimov, resumed the hearing on the case of Gunel Hasanli, daughter of National Council chairman Professor Jamil Hasanli. She has been convicted under Article 263.1 (violation of traffic rules) of the Criminal Code, and sentenced to 18 months in jail.


At today’s hearing, Gunel Hasanli’s lawyer Adil Ismayilov submitted a written petition for a new forensic medical examination of the victim Adile Salimova, citing an inconsistency between the two expert opinions included in the case file, issued on 2 and 11 October 2014 respectively. The lawyer argued that the medical examinations had been conducted in an unlawful manner, were inconsistent, and based on dubious sources. He requested a new forensic examination in accordance with the criminal procedure legislation. He also emphasised that under the Criminal Procedure Code, petitions for re-examination cannot be rejected. 


After a 15-minute deliberation, the court declared that the petition was partially granted and the hearing was postponed until a new expert opinion could be obtained.


Gunel Hasanli, daughter of National Council Chairman Jamil Hasanli was accused of hitting 86-year-old Adila Salimova with her car in Yasamal district on 19 September 2014. On 20 February 2015, she was sentenced by Yasamal district court to 18 months in jail, to be served in a penal settlement. This verdict has been appealed. 


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