NEMAT PANAHLI’S FAMILY INTENDS TO SEEK POLITICAL ASYLUM

July 5th, 2011
Jailed Azerbaijan National Statehood Party Head Nemat Panahli’s lawyers and relatives held a press conference at the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety.

The prisoner’s brother Samad Panahli noted that Nemat was placed in the punishment cell of Baku Investigative Prison on July 2. “The regime is willing to physically annihilate him,” he said.
Samad Panahli believes that the arrest is politically motivated. He said that the archives of his brother, confiscated during the search at his house, has not been returned yet.
“I have appealed to the President Ilham Aliyev requesting release of my brother. But after this, Nemat was put into punishment cell and the employees of PasaSigorta insurance company visited Nemat’s house saying that his property will be confiscated because of his debts,” he said.
“It shows that the campaign against Panahli is led by the President,” Samad Panahli added. According to him, their family is going to appeal to all international organizations, and seek an asylum from Turkish authorities.
Lawyer Samir Isayev said that they have appeal against the 6-year imprisonment sentence issued by Nasimi District Court.
The lawyer is not aware of the reason why Panahli was transferred into punishment cell.