Prosecutor’s Office Investigates Journalist’s Torture Allegations

November 3rd, 2017

Zahira Shiraliyeva, the mother of jailed website director Javid Shiraliyev, was invited to Khazar District Prosecutor’s Office.

According to her, she was summoned in relation to her son’s subjection to torture.

“Employees of the prosecutor’s office listened to my account and took my statement. They told me that the torture allegations had been received by the prosecutor’s office and they are investigating the claims. They also noted that they would meet with Javid Shiraliyev in this connection in coming days and investigate the issue,” Shiraliyeva said.

Background: Javid Shiraliyev was detained by officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 30 August 2014 , and taken to the Main Organised Crime Department.
He was sentenced to 5 years in jail on 22 May 2016 . Ganja City Grave Crimes Court convicted him of extortion (Articles 182.2.1 and 182.2.4 of the Criminal Code).
The journalist rejects the charges and considers his arrest as politically-motivated.