Detention Period of Opposition Party Activist Extended


Nasimi District Court chaired by Judge Babak Panahov examined the petition of the prosecutor’s office to extend the period of pre-trial detention of Fuad Ahmadli, the chairman of Khatai district Youth Committee of the opposition party Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP).

According to Ahmadli’s lawyer Asabali Mustafayev, his client’s term of detention was prolonged until 12 January 2017, i.e. for two months.

Mustafayev said he would appeal the decision.

Background: Fuad Ahmadli was detained on August 18. He is charged under Articles 302.1 (infringement of the legislation on operative-search activity) and 308.1 (abusing official powers) of the Criminal Code. According to the joint statement of the State Security Service and the Prosecutor General’s Office, Fuad Ahmadli, an operator at the Call Centre of Azerfon LLC, channelled personal information of subscribers and phone tracking data to certain people. In addition, religious literature prohibited by law, CDs, speeches of Fetullah Gulen, and documents on persons called “Hizmet (Service) imams” and their mutual relations were allegedly seized from his apartment during search.

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