IRFS correspondent to Nakhchivan Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev was summoned to Sharur Regional Prosecutor’s Office on July 19th, 2011, Mehdiyev reported to IRFS. Mehdiyev was questioned in the Prosecutor’s Office for half an hour.
“Yesterday the executive representative of my village said that I was summoned by Prosecutor’s Office. I told that I wouldn’t go there unless I receive an official summon. At the end of the day, I received an official summon. I visited the Prosecutor’s Office and was questioned,” Mehdiyev said.
Mehdiyev says that he was questioned regarding the criminal charge brought against him for illegal use of electricity and threatened by the Prosecutor to be threatened. “I wrote a proper statement of explanation. I told the prosecutor that this all is linked with my professional work and that I am not afraid of being arrested under false charges, nor would I withdraw. They told me that I have used power illegally and that I have to pay over 1,000 AZN in fine or I will be arrested.”
On July 13th, Sharur District Executive Power Deputy Head Aladdin Mammadov, together with several persons, arrived at IRFS correspondent to Nakhchivan Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev’s house, pressured on him and cut off the power supply to the small car-washing station run by Mehdiyev. He was again assaulted on July 15 with regard to the said issue: the electricity pillar was pulled out and taken away; Elman Abbasov and Ilgar Nasibov, who arrived at the scene to investigate the incident, faced violence from police. The journalists lodged a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in response.
Moreover, the police have been keeping the house of H.Mehdiyev under control searching for his son Mehman Mehdiyev, also an IRFS employee. To note, the attack on H.Mehdiyev’s house and the harassment of journalists in the scene was filmed by M.Mehdiyev, who managed to escape from the police, who ran after him with the intent to hold him. However, the police vowed H.Mehdiyev to definitely arrest his son even with false charges.