March 29th, 2011
The investigation of the criminal case against Azerbaijan National Statehood Party Chairman Nemat Panahli is nearing its conclusion, Panahli`s lawyer Samir Isayev told Objective TV today.

According to Isayev, the criminal investigator told him that the final decision on the investigation will be announced in the next few days. Isayev says that they will be able to familiarize themselves with the case materials upon the final announcement.
Nemat Panahli, the Chairman of the Azerbaijan National Statehood Party, was arrested under charges brought by citizen Eldar Rzayev. A criminal case has been brought against both men under Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism committed with a weapon). If he is found guilty, Panahli could face 5 years in prison.
Panahli’s supporters claim that the real reason behind his arrest is his journalistic activity. He wrote a number of articles criticizing the government, published in various press outlets, including the Nota PS.