On October 29th Baku Appeals Court under presiding judge Gail Mammadov denied the appeal filed by the arrested chief editor of www.azadxeber.az website Nijat Aliyev against the October 16th decision of the Nasimi District Court, to extend his detention term by one month, reports www.mediaforum.az.
According to the report, Nijat Aliyev’s lawyer Anar Gasimli said that the limit for the extension of the chief editor’s pretrial detention term has now been exhausted. “I believe that the criminal proceedings opened against Nijat Aliyev will soon be completed and the case will be sent to the court” said the lawyer.
On May 20th at 7:20pm, www.azadxeber.az website editor-in-chief Nijat Aliyev was detained in front of Killer menswear shop near Memar Ajami metro station and taken to Yasamal District Police Office #27. He was charged under Article 234.1 (Illegal manufacturing, purchase, storage, transportation, transfer or sale of narcotics and psychotropic substances) and sentenced to 2 months of pre-trial detention. Nijat Aliyev is currently being held in Kurdakhani investigative prison.