On June 13th Sabirabad Regional Court under judge Firdovsi Aliyev ruled for the release of Kur Civil Society Staff coordinator Ogtay Gulaliyev, Gulaliyev himself reported to the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS).
According to Gulaliyev, his lawyer Yalchin Imanov filed petititons to the court to cancel criminal prosecution on the grounds of acquittal, and to annul or change the pre-trial detention, and the judge annulled the pre-trial detention sentence and released Gulaliyev in the courtroom.
“I was only informed yesterday about my trial. My release is a political order like my imprisonment was. I am partially in freedom, as my criminal case has not been annulled and the investigation is ongoing, I cannot leave the borders of Azerbaijan” said Gulaliyev.
Kur Civil Society coordinator and Transparency magazine editor-in-chief Staff Gulaliyev was detained on April 8th in the village Minbashi of Sabirabad while carrying out monitoring, and sentenced to 12 days of administrative arrest. On April 19th a criminal case was opened against him under Article 220.2 (inciting riots) and Sabirabad Regional Court sentenced him to 2 months of pre-trial detention.