Hilal Mammadov’s torture lawsuit denied

On July 31st Nasimi District Court chaired by judge Khumar Mardanova heard the lawsuit of Tolyshi-Sado newspaper editor-in-chief Hilal Mammadov filed against illegal actions and decisions of the investigative body (investigation report, search report, detention report, etc.), reports Turan Information Agency.

The judge denied the lawsuit explaining that it did not comply with Article 449 of the Criminal-Procedure Code (complaints to the court concerning procedural acts or decisions of the prosecuting authority) and closed the hearing without listening to the opinions of lawyers Yalchin Imanov and Ramiz Mammadov. The lawyers said that they will appeal against the decision.
Tolishi-Sado editor-in-chief Hilal Mammadov was detained on June 21st 2012. Nizami District Police Office opened a criminal case against him under article 234.4.3 (illegal manufacture, purchase, storage, transfer, transport or sale of drugs in a large quantity). If convicted under this Article Mammadov may face confiscation of his property and imprisonment for up to 12 years. On June 22nd, Nizami District Court sentenced Hilal Mammadov to 3 months of pre-trial detention. He is currently held in Baku Investigative Prison. On July 3rd Hilal Mammadov faced new charges under Articles 274 (high treason) and 283 (inciting national, racial, social and religious hatred, hostility and ethnic discrimination).
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