“All of the witness testimonies are written in exactly the same way, like a template. Moreover, the witnesses are the local leaders – the head of a municipality, a representative of the executive power, the head of the electricity grid’s sales department, the deputy executive of the area, and even the local mullah,” said Mehdiyev.
On July 15th, the local authorities cut off the electricity supply to Mehdiyev’s house in the Jalilkend village of the Sharur district, alleging that he was using the supply illegally. However, Mehdiyev has all of his utility bills to prove that he has paid for any electricity he used. His family spent over 3 weeks without electricity.
”Now we’ve been given power, but the voltage is very low and it is not even enough to turn the pump in the well”.
The pressures on Mehdiyev started in early July after he accompanied German columnist Michael Ludwig from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on his trip to Nakhchivan despite attempts by the local authorities to prevent the visit.