Journalist Parviz Hashimli’s family being spied on

December 25th, 2013

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Arrested journalist Parviz Hashimli has expressed concern about his family being spied on, his spouse Ilaha Hashimova told IRFS on December 25.
According to Hashimova, late in the afternoon she heard someone turning the door handle and looking through the peephole saw a masked man standing behind the door.
“I immediately called Parviz’s friend Elchin Rustamli and lawyer Bahruz Bayramov. Officers from the Yasamal district police office and lawyer came and examined the scene. They advised me to file a police complaint and I did. The police officers told me that such things may occur, because Parviz Hashimli is a political prisoner. We have moved from our previous house in order that my kid never stressed again, but today she felt more stress than ever,” said the journalist’s spouse.
Background: Bizim Yol newspaper journalist and moderator.az editor-in-chief Parviz Hashimli was detained on September 17th by employees of the Ministry of National Security. On September 18th the journalist was handed down a two-month pretrial detention sentence by the Sabail District Court under two articles of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code: Article 206.3.2 (smuggling of firearms on preliminary arrangement by an organized group) and 228.2.1 (illegal obtaining, storing, carrying firearms and their spare parts on preliminary arrangement by an organized group). His detention term was extended for another three months on November 7.
Hashimli rejects the charges and has declared that they are related his journalistic and human rights activities.