HUSBAND AND WIFE WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT POLICE ARBITRARINESS RELEASED

January 19th, 2009
56-year-old Ibrahim Valiyev, a resident of Heydarabad village in the Sadarek Region of Nakhchivan, and his wife Turkan Valiyeva, who were taken to the Sadarek Police Department by police on 12 January 2009 at approximately 11 a.m. for complaining about police arbitrariness were released on 16 January, 2009. They have been forbidden to leave house or contact anyone.

Ibrahim Valiyev’s relative, who wished to remain anonymous, told this to the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety’s Nakhchivan Regional correspondent.
 
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.