Fuad Ahmadli’s Pre-Trial Detention Extended for Three Months

March 3rd, 2017

On 3 March, Nasimi District Court chaired by Judge Shalala Hasanova considered the prosecution motion to prolong the period of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party activist Fuad Ahmadli’s detention on remand.

The court extended the activist’s detention term for three months.

Background: Fuad Ahmadli was detained on 18 August 2016. His detention period, which was last extended on 11 November 2016, was about to expire on 12 January.

Ahmadli 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 indictment, Fuad Ahmadli, an operator at the Call Centre of Azerfon LLC, channelled personal information of subscribers to certain people. The indictment mentions him as a supporter of Fetullah Gulen, the leader of a terrorist organisation. The indictment further reads that, religious literature and CDs prohibited by law, speeches of Fetullah Gulen, and documents on his mutual relations with so- called “Hizmet (Service) imams” have been seized from his apartment during the search.