JOURNALIST APPEALS TO PRESIDENT FOR HIS FAMILY’S SAFETY

September 22nd, 2011
IRFS employee Idrak Abbasov, who also works for Ayna and Zerkalo newspapers, filed an official appeal to President Ilham Aliyev, requesting him to ensure his and his family’s safety, Abbasov reported. 

According to Abbasov, this morning, 4 athletic-looking men, driving a Niva car (license plate 90 AE 764), once again entered his family’s yard and insulted the family. “They said ‘you can do nothing to us. You are barely human….don’t make us make you worse”, the journalist alleged, and added that they had told his relatives that Idrak Abbasov should ‘be clever’.
BACKGROUND
On September 9th, the house where Abbasov’s relatives had been living for the past 25 years in the Baku suburb of Sulutepe 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. His father’s treatment is continuing in city hospital #4, however.
An investigation of the incident is underway at Binagadi District Police Office #40. The incident scene was viewed and photographed and the witnesses were questioned. Abbasov says that the police already have information about the identification of several persons who injured his relatives and the vehicles used in the attack on the house.
The police received a complaint against Idrak Abbasov under charge of hooliganism, and another one against his brothers Vagif Abbasov and Raman Abbasov, under a charge of physical. Media Rights Institute lawyer Elchin Sadigov is representing the family.