Journalist’s complaint with the ECtHR lost in the post

June 10th, 2013

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Yeni Musavat newspaper journalist Tofig Yagublu’s complaint with the European Court of Human Rights has been lost in the post, Yagublu’s lawyer Nemat Karimli told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) on June 10. The complaint was against unlawful detention of Tofig Yagublu” said Karimli.

“The complaint was sent on May 7, via Express Postal Service of the Central Post Office and it entered the French customs on May 13. We had received no news about the documents for more than 20 days. Now Express Postal Service says the documents got lost at French customs. But they might have got lost in Azerbaijan as well” the lawyer continued.

IRFS contacted the Central Post Office to clear up the issue, who hung up as soon as they knew what we were asking about.

Background: Tofig Yagublu was arrested on February 4th 2013, for allegedly attempting to undermine stability in Ismayilli region by calling on local people to resist the police and block the roads, during his visit to the region on January 24. He was eventually sentenced to two months of pretrial detention by Nasimi District Court on charges of “organizing public disorder” (Article 233 of the Criminal Code) and “resisting the representative of authorities or using violence against them” (Article 315 of the Criminal Code). Yagublu’s appeal against the decision was denied by the Baku Appeals Court on February 8. On April 27th one of the previous two charges filed against Yagublu, “organizing public disorder” (Article 233/Criminal Code), was replaced by the charge of “organizing or participating in mass disorders accompanied by violence, looting, arson, destruction of property, application of fire-arms or explosives, or armed resistance against representative of authority” (Article 220.1/Criminal Code).  Yagublu is currently held at Baku Investigative Prison.