NATIONAL STATEHOOD PARTY HEAD’S LIFE ENDANGERED IN PRISON

July 26th, 2011
 “Azerbaijan National Statehood Party Head Nemat Panahli’s life is endangered. A person that is in prison under murder charge was transferred to his cell.

The prisoner attempted to cut Nemat’s throat with a razor,” Panahli’s brother Samad Panahli reported to IRFS. He added that he will give comprehensive information at a press conference at IRFS press center on July 28, 2011.
BACKGROUND
On January 8, 2011, Azerbaijan National Statehood Party Head Nemat Panahli and his friend Jeyhun Farzullayev were detained after a police complaint filed by citizen Eldar Rzayev. On January 10, the Nasimi District Court sentenced Panahli and Farzullayev to 2 months of pre-trial detention, charging them under Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code. The complaint stemmed from a dispute that broke out with regard to a car sold to Rzayev by Panahli. On January 17, Baku Appeals court upheld the decision. On June 17, Nasimi District Court sentenced Panahli to 6 years, and Farzullayev 4 years in jail.
Panahli’s supporters believe that the arrests are linked to articles published in P.S.Nota newspaper that were critical of the ruling authorities.