Faramaz Novruzoglu rejects charges against him

July 18th, 2012
On July 18th Nizami District Court under presiding judge Imran Burjayev held a hearing on the case of journalist Faramaz Novruzoglu (Allahverdiyev).

Faramaz Novruzoglu (the accused), public prosecutor Asadulla Ramazanov and the defendant’s assigned counsel Sehran Akbarov attended the hearing.

In his speech Faramaz Novruzoglu did not plead guilty to the filed charges. He also objected to the bill of indictment, as found that his identity was negatively introduced there.

The proceeding will continue on July 26th 12:00pm.

Late on April 18th 2012 journalist Faramaz Novruzoglu was arrested by a special operation of the Investigation Department on Grave Crimes under the Prosecutor General’s Office. He is charged under Article 220.2 (appeals to active insubordination to legal requirements of representatives of authority and to mass disorders, as well as appeals to violence towards citizens) and Article 318.1 (Crossing of protected frontier of the Azerbaijan Republic without established documents or outside of check points of frontier). If convicted, he may face an imprisonment for a term from 10 up to 15 years. Faramaz Novruzoglu worked for Khural newspaper for a long while. He is one of the founders of “24 hours” and “Nota bene” newspapers, and worked as chief advisor for “Millatim” newspaper.