POLICE ARREST MEN WHO BEAT AMERICAN JOURNALIST AND BRITISH HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

June 28th, 2011
The last of the 4 men that beat that beat American journalist Amanda Erickson and British human rights activist, IRFS representative Celia Davies on the night of 15 June was arrested by police, APA reports. The offender, held in Baku City Chief Police Department is Nazim Huseynov, resident of Babek region of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

The information says that three of the offenders: Adil Tagizadeh, 18, resident of Ramana settlement, Baku, and Roman Hasanov, 28, resident of Nasimi District, and Vusal Gurbanov, 25, resident of Khirdalan city were arrested as a result of the investigative operations implemented by Interior Ministry Head Criminal Search Department, Baku City Chief Police Office and Yasamal District Police Office officers.
The criminal case is investigated at investigation department of Yasamal District Police Office under Article 221.2.1 (hooliganism committed by a group of persons) of Criminal Code. The hooliganism act committed by a group of persons is punished by corrective works for the term up to two years or imprisonment for the term up to five years.
BACKGROUND
American journalist Amanda Erickson and British human rights activist, IRFS representative Celia Davies were beaten by unidentified men on the night of 15 June.  The incident took place at about 00.20 am, June 16, near the house where Celia Davies and Amanda Erickson live. Earlier, the girls had noticed four young men who looked like sportsmen watching them. These same four men held down the girls and beat them without explanation. As a result, the girls were seriously injured.  Celia Davies’ arm was broken and she needs medical treatment. Erickson and Davies worked with local NGOs and provided training for journalists and civil society activists. Erickson has also worked with the Washington Post and The New York Times.