FORMER PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE RELEASED FROM 24 HOUR DETENTION WITHOUT FOOD OR DRINK

November 19th, 2010
Former parliamentary candidate Bakhtiyar Hajiyev was taken to Ganja Military Commissariat yesterday evening and freed at 6 pm today.

He was detained at the Azerbaijan-Georgia border without explanation, and taken to Ganja.

In a phone interview with the IRFS correspondent, Hajiyev said that the officers of the military commissariat tried to force him to sign a document to say that he would serve in the army. He refused to sign. Then he was asked to sign a deed confirming his refusal to sign the military service obligation. He refused to sign this document and was eventually freed.
    
While he was being detained, Bakhtiyar Hajiyev joined a press conference via his phone from the comissariat. The press conference was held at the Norwegian Human Rights House office by the defense committee for Hajiyev’s rights. He said that he had been detained in the comissariat without food or drink for 24 hours.

“Yesterday, I was taken to the Military prosecuter’s office, police departments and even military units. They didn’t give me anything to eat during this time. I remained hungry and thirsty for 24 hours. The Gazakh Regional Military Prosecutor’s Office questioned me about my identification, the places of my education, the dates when I exited and entered the country. I was then sent back to the border officers. After spending the night in the military unit, I was taken to the Nizami District Military Comissariat.  At the places I was taken, the officer all said that my detention was based on an order which said I must not be allowed to leave the country. But most of them had no idea where this order had come from,” said Hajiyev.

Hajiyev said  that all of this is related to his socio-political activities. He added that he received threatening phone calls during the election period as well.