Trial of Polad Aslanov Scheduled for February 3

January 24th, 2020

The criminal case against the editor of the website xeberman.com Polad Aslanov was transferred to court. A preparatory hearing will be held at the Baku Serious Crimes Court, chaired by Faig Ganiyev on February 3. This was reported by the journalist’s wife Gulmira Aslanova.
Recall that the editor Polad Aslanov was detained on June 12 and arrested for 4 months on charges of Art. 274 (reason) of the Criminal Code. The investigation is conducted by the State Security Service. On October 5, the arrest period was extended by 4 months.
In December, he was charged again under Art. 134 (threat to kill or cause serious bodily harm) of the Criminal Code. Aslanov pleads not guilty and states that he is being prosecuted for critical publications about corruption in law enforcement agencies.
According to his spouse, a number of media representatives and activists gave “false testimonies” against her husband.
According to Meydan.TV, activist Dayanat Babayev was recognized as a victim in the case.
Local and international human rights organizations condemned the prosecution of Aslanov.