Investigation Completed in Youth Activist’s Criminal Case


The preliminary investigation of NIDA Civic Movement’s arrested member Elgiz Gahraman has been completed.

According to activist’s lawyer Fariz Namazli, the investigation has been concluded and the case will be referred to Baku Grave Crimes Court after he and his client are familiarised with the case materials.

Background: Elgiz Gahraman was detained together with his friend by plainclothesmen at noon on August 12. His friend was released several hours later, but the activist himself was not freed. His family members at first decided to wait and not to publicise the issue immediately, but having contacted the 102 hotline of the Ministry of Internal Affairs they were unable to obtain information. After the issue was made public on August 15, it emerged that Elgiz Gahraman was charged under Article 234.4.3 (illegal purchase or storage with a view of selling, manufacturing, processing, transportation, transfer or selling of narcotics or psychotropic substances at a large amount) of the Criminal Code and had been ordered detained for 4 months by Narimanov District Court’s decision of 13 August 2016.

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