Court Turns Down Theologian Taleh Bagirzade’s Appeal

May 24th, 2016

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Baku Court of Appeal, chaired by judge Faig Gasimov, heard the appeal filed by Taleh Bagirzade, the arrested chairman of the Muslim Union Movement. The appeal was rejected at the hearing held behind closed doors. The appeal had been filed against Nasimi District Court’s decision of May 11, 2016, which denied the request to release Taleh Bagirzade under house arrest.

Taleh Bagirzade was arrested in an operation conducted by law enforcement officers in Nardaran settlement of Baku on November 26, 2015. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, 58 people were arrested in connection with the Nardaran events. The Serious Crimes Investigation Department under the Prosecutor General’s Office launched a criminal case on the fact and those detained were charged under Articles 120 (deliberate homicide), 214 (terrorism), 220 (mass disorders), 228 (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of firearms, their accessories, ammunition and explosives), 233 (organization of actions promoting infringement of public order or active participation in such actions), 278 (violent seizure or maintenance of power), 283 (inciting national, racial, social or religious enmity) and 315 (resistance or violence against a representative of authority) of the Criminal Code.