Today, 22 October, in the Nasimi District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ikram Shirinov, a hearing was conducted on the lawsuit of “Tolishi Sado” Newspaper Editor-in-chief N.Mammadov`s wife Maryam Mammadova and son Emil Mammadov against the Ministry of Finance, the Justice Ministry’s Penitentiary Services, Chief Medical Office of the Justice Ministry, Prison #15 and the Penitentiary Service’s Treatment Facility regarding the journalist’s death.

The Justice Ministry’s Medical Facility Representative Shahin Habibov spoke during the hearing, and said that he does not agree to the opinions voiced about ill conditions in the prison where Novruzali Mammadov was held. He noted that N.Mammadov was examined normally and was given appropriate conditions to receive treatment. S.Habibov emphasized that N.Mammadov died as a result of sudden narrowing of the brain blood vessels. The illnesses that he was diagnosed with upon his arrival to the hospital did not cause his death.
The next hearing on this case is now scheduled to take place on 23 October at 4:00 p.m.
Maryam and Emil Mammadov asked the court to consider the failure by the defendants to execute the decision (6 February 2009, #6(007)-7/09) of the Nizami District Court regarding late Novruzali Mammadov’s examination and treatment a law violation (inaction); and to be paid a 3,000,000 AZN (three million AZN) compensation in return for moral damages caused as a result of the defendants’ negligence.
“Tolishi Sado” Newspaper Editor-in-chief N.Mammadov died in the Justice Ministry’s Penitentiary Services’ Central Hospital on 17 August 2009. Mammadov was transferred to the Justice Ministry’s Penitentiary Services Central Hospital on 28 July 2009 after his health worsened. His relatives claim that he did not receive necessary treatment and as a result he died.  In 2007, during a closed hearing, N.Mammadov was sentenced to ten year imprisonment under article 274 (treason) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan Republic. However, N.Mammadov, who had Talysh nationality, did not consider himself guilty and claimed that his arrest was related to ethnic-political motives and freedom of speech.     

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