General Prosecutor’s office issues a statement on alleged ill-treatment of arrested journalists

October 17th, 2012
The General Prosecutor's office issued a statement on the claims that Khayal TV executive director Vugar Gonagov and editor-in-chief Zaur Guliyev were insulted and attacked in the Baku Investigative Prison.

According to Qafqazinfo.az, the prosecutor's office believes that main purpose of that these claims is distort the true nature of events, to divert public attention and to hinder the investigation.
"Vugar Gonagov and Zaur Guliyev , who are accused of organizing and participating in Guba riots on March 1 2012, were granted all the rights including the right to legal assistance enshrined in the Criminal Procedure Code, and they had full access to their lawyers during questioning, pretrial-detention, and following investigation procedures. The motions and petitions filed by their lawyers are considered according to the timeframe and rules of the Criminal Procedure Code. On October 9, 2012 Rashid Hajili, the lawyer of Vugar Gonagov, met with first deputy of the general prosecutor Rustam Usubov, who was in charge of the preliminary investigation, and senior investigator of the grave crimes department Ibrahim Lemberanski, and it was ordered to investigate the alleged inhuman treatment of his client in the investigative prison" reads the statement.
Two days ago the Azadliq newspaper published an open letter from the journalists, which stated that they were manhandled in the prison. Zaur Guliyev's lawyer Elchin Sadigov confirmed this fact, in his to the IRFS.
In his speech at a conference, Guba executive chief Rauf Habibov insulted Guba residents and their families, and the dissemination of the video footage of this speech on the Youtube resulted in mass riots in Guba on March 1st 2012. The protesters burned Habibov’s home and demanded his resignation. The executive power chief was eventually dismissed by President Ilham Aliyev. On March 13, up to 20 Guba residents including Khayal TV correspondents Vugar Gonagov and Zaur Guliyev were arrested. The trial of 8 detainees is ongoing.