SUPREME COURT REFUSES APPEAL OF NEMAT PANAHLI

October 12th, 2011
N.Panahli`s lawyer, Samir Isayev, reported to IRFS today that on October 11th the Criminal Board of the Supreme Court heard an appeal filed by Azerbaijan National Statehood Party Head Nemat Panahli. He was appealing against the ruling of the Baku Appeals Court and Judge Gulzar Rzayeva presided over the hearing..

According to Isayev, on 4 August, 2011 the Baku Appeals Court did not grant a motion demanding an investigation of the court and a change of prison sentence.
“As a defendant, we took the case to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court did not grant our appeal,” said lawyer. He also noted that the Baku Appeals Court will continue consideration of the appeal against ruling of the Nasimi District Court.
BACKGROUND
On January 8, 2011, Azerbaijan National Statehood Party Head Nemat Panahli and his friend Jeyhun Farzullayev were detained due to 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 about a car sold to Rzayev by Panahli. On June 17, the Nasimi District Court sentenced Panahli to 6 years, and Farzullayev 4 years in jail and on January 17th the Baku Appeals court upheld the decision.
Panahli’s supporters believe that the arrests are linked to articles published in P.S.Nota newspaper criticizing of the ruling authorities.