IRFS EMPLOYEE DETAINED IN POLICE STATION FOR SEVERAL HOURS

December 22nd, 2009
Yesterday, 21 December, at about 4.15 p.m., the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety employee Rasul Jafarov was detained by police on the basis of a woman’s complaint who claimed that her phone was stolen on the bus #288. According to Rasul Jafarov, when the bus came closer to the police unit #22, the woman yelled that her phone was stolen and asked the driver to stop the bus. Then she called the police on duty at the police unit #22 to the bus.

R.Jafarov who was standing near the woman said that he has no telephone on him except his own, and he agreed to being searched. Although the stolen telephone was not found on Jafarov, he was not freed. R.Jafarov was held in the police unit #22 for about two hours and then was taken to the Nasimi District police unit #21 to conduct an investigation. He was held in this unit for an hour and was released after he made a statement about the incident with the participation of his lawyer Elchin Sadigov.

The Committee against Torture employees came to the police unit #21 police and were concerned with the detention conditions of R.Jafarov.