Trial of Faramaz Novruzoglu ongoing

Today (August 9th) Nizami District Court chaired by judge Imran Burjayev held a hearing on the case of journalist Faramaz Novruzoglu (Allahverdiyev).

Faramaz Novruzoglu (the accused) and Sehran Akbarov, the court-appointed lawyer of Novruzoglu, were in attendance.
Novruzoglu presented three petitions to the court: (i) inviting an independent expert for the assessment of evidences in his case, (ii) providing the expert with copies of the documents of the criminal case and (iii) accepting his denial from the services of the court-appointed lawyer.
Judge granted his petition requesting criminal case documents and scheduled the next hearing for August 10, 10:00am.
Late on April 18th 2012 journalist Faramaz Novruzoglu was arrested by a special operation of the Investigation Department on Grave Crimes under the Prosecutor General’s Office. He is charged under Article 220.2 (appeals to active insubordination to legal requirements of representatives of authority and to mass disorders, as well as appeals to violence towards citizens) and Article 318.1 (Crossing of protected frontier of the Azerbaijan Republic without established documents or outside of check points of frontier). Once found guilty, he may face an imprisonment for a term from 10 up to 15 years. Faramaz Novruzoglu worked for Khural newspaper for a long while. He is one of the founders of “24 hours” and “Nota bene” newspapers, and worked as chief advisor for “Millatim” newspaper.
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