The defence’s objection to the jury composition was discussed. The judge said the court chairman had not granted the objection.
Elchin Sadigov and Shahla Humbatova noted that the charges were trumped-up, that Mehman was punished for his professional activities, filming the mansions of officials obtained through corruption, and that he was targeted by the authorities in his capacity as the chairman of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS).
Mehman Huseynov emphasised that he had been framed and arrested for his journalistic and blogging activities. He has been tortured in police custody.
Fuad Agayev said the case had been examined through procedural violations. The defence asked the court to acquit the blogger, while the private prosecution party’s representative E. Habilov requested that the appeal be rejected.
The decision will be announced on 12 April, 10.00 am.