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IRFS attempted several times to contact the Sadarek Region Police Department about this matter via telephone, however these calls went unanswered.
This incident appears to be related to the 24 December 2008 incident in which a group of youth were detained by the Sadarek Region Police and held in the police station until morning. During their time of detainment, the youth were subjected to physical, moral and psychological pressure and there parents subsequently addressed formal written complaints to the Azerbaijan Republic’s Ministry of Interior and Republic of Azerbaijan President. Ibrahim and Turkan Valiyev were among the parents who signed these complaints. Ibrahim Valiyev was also fired from his job as a tractor driver from the Waterworks Department several days ago, after signing the complaints. In addition, Group I invalid Ismayil Hasanov, another parent who signed the complaints, was detained by police and committed to a mental institution against his will. Hasanov’s wife Khanimzar Hasanova and Elvin Hasanov have been missing for six days.