INVESTIGATION INTO HARRASSMENT OF JOURNALIST’S FAMILY UNDER CONTROL OF MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS

October 3rd, 2011
The investigation into the harassment of IRFS employee Idrak Abbasov and his family is underway and under the control of the Interior Minister, Ramil Usubov. With the view to investigate the incident scene, a colonel of Interior Minsitry General Office has been sent to the venue, reported Abbasov. According to Abbasov, the visiting colonel viewed the family’s house and questioned the family.

Late last week, Abbasov was received by Orkhan Karimov, Deputy Chief of the General Office at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He told the journalist that this case is under the control of Minister Ramil Usubov.
Today Abbasov was also received by Press Council Chairman Aflatun Amashov. Amashov told him that the Council had appealed to the Interior Ministry regarding the problems Abbasov and his family faced.
BACKGROUND
On September 9th, the house in the Baku suburb of Sulutepe where Abbasov’s relatives had been living for the past 25 years was attacked by a group of Binagadi Oil Company employees, without any prior eviction notice being delivered. His parents, his brothers and their spouses were all beaten with batons. His mother Naila Guliyeva and brother Adalat Abbasov were hospitalized in Clinic Center #1 and his father Telman Abbasov in city hospital #4.
According to Abbasov, due to inadequate medical treatment, he had to take his brother and mother to a private clinic, but his father’s treatment is continuing in city hospital #4.
An investigation of the incident is underway at Binagadi District Police Office #40. Police photographed the scene of the incident and questioned witnesses. Abbasov says that the police already has information about the identity of the several of the attackers and the vehicles used.
However, the police also received a complaint against Idrak Abbasov under the charge of hooliganism, and another complaint against his brothers Vagif Abbasov and Raman Abbasov, under a charge of physical. Media Rights Institute lawyer Elchin Sadigov is representing the family.