Today, human rights commissioner Elmira Suleymanova visited Idrak Abbasov in hospital. In the meeting, Abbasov said that he had been beaten by SOCAR employees, not police as previously reported. He is satisfied his medical treatment. Suleymanova asked the chief doctor at the hospital, Tarlan Babirov, to carefully monitor Abbasov’s condition.
IRFS and Ayna-Zerkalo newspaper reporter Idrak Abbasov was severely beaten during an incident that broke out during demolitions of allegedly illegal residential buildings in the Sulutapa settlement. The journalist was filming the confrontation when he was assaulted. The SOCAR guards grabbed his phone, knocked him to ground and beat him repeatedly across his torso and head. Abbasov was taken to Clinic Medical Center #1 shortly afterward, where he remains under observation. A criminal case has been launched in Binagadi District Police Office under Article 221 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code, and an investigation is underway.