Azadliq Newspaper’s Financial Director Faig Amirli Detained

Faig Amirli, Azadliq newspaper’s financial director and assistant of opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP) chairman, has been detained near his home by plainclothesmen of law enforcement agencies and taken to the Serious Crimes Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office. Faig Amirli is interrogated within the criminal case code-named “Preventing illegal activities of Fetullah Gulen supporters in Azerbaijan.” Employees of the Investigation Department have searched his car and house. During the search of his car, they allegedly found and seized Fetullah Gulen books. Upon...

Lawyer Meets with Opposition Party Activist Sentenced to Administrative Detention

Lawyer Asabali Mustafayev has met with Ruslan Garayev, chairman of Sumgayit city Youth Committee of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP) sentenced to administrative arrest, the lawyer himself has reported. Ruslan Garayev was detained on July 20, but his family was not informed about his place of detention. On July 22, Sumgayit Regional Court sentenced him to 20-day administrative detention. Ruslan Garayev took a selfie holding a can of energy drink in front of late President Heydar Aliyev’s statue in Sumgayit. It is assumed that the...

Opposition Party Appeals to Constitutional Court in Connection with Referendum Act

Ali Karimli, chairman of opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP), has appealed to the Constitutional Court in connection with the bill of amendments to the Constitution submitted by the President. On July 18, Azerbaijan’s President submitted draft Referendum Act on “Making Changes to the Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic” to the Constitutional Court for review and feedback. According to Article 42.1 of the Law of Azerbaijan Republic on Constitutional Court, persons, whose interests are affected by amendments to the Constitution, can be recognized as stakeholders. There are...

Opposition Party Activist Jailed for 20 Days

Sumgayit Court has sentenced Ruslan Garayev, chairman of Sumgayit city branch of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party Youth Committee, to 20-day administrative arrest. The party activist has been found guilty under Articles 510 (minor hooliganism) and 535 (resistance to police) of Administrative Offences Code, lawyer Asabali Mustafayev said today. Ruslan Garayev was detained on July 20, but his family was not informed about his place of detention. His party leaned about his disappearance on July 21 and sent its representatives to Sumgayit Police Department, where they learned...

Jailed Opposition Activist Being Threatened

Zeynalabdin Bagirzade, activist with opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP), is being harassed in prison, Zeynalabdin’s brother, chairman of APFP’s Nakhchivan branch Yashar Bagirsoy has said. As Yashar Bagirsoy put it, Zeynalabdin Bagirzade, who he believes has been jailed for political reasons, is subjected to pressure in the mixed-regime prison of the Ministry of Justice of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic located in Boyukduz village. “Prison Chief Gazanfar Mahmudov and one of his deputies constantly threaten APFP activist Bagirzade,” Yashar Bagirsoy said. Background: Zeynalabdin Bagirzade was arrested on November...

People Who “Liked” Facebook Post of Arrested Opposition Party Member Interrogated as Witnesses

People who “liked” opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party’s (APFP) arrested Chairman Fuad Gahramanli’s Facebook posts, which are cited as the reason for his arrest, have been interrogated by the investigating authority as witnesses, Fuad Gahramanli’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Fuad Gahramanli was arrested on December 8, 2015. He is charged under Articles 281 (making appeals against the state), 283 (instigation of national, racial, social or religious hatred and hostility) and 220.2 (incitement to active insubordination to lawful demands...

Supreme Court Commutes Political Party Activist Elvin Abdullayev’s Sentence

Summary: Hearing 1  At the hearing, Elvin Abdullayev’s lawyer Ali Mehtiyev made an oral argument on the appeal, and asked the court to pass a verdict of acquittal for the youth activist;  Public prosecutor Rasul Abbasov in turn said that Elvin Abdullayev was proved guilty based on video recordings and witness testimonies during the trial, and asked for dismissal of the appeal;  Judicial Chamber changed Baku Grave Crimes Court’s judgment of June 1, 2015. The court replaced the original charge Elvin Abdullayev had been convicted...

Opposition Party Representative Fuad Gahramanli to Spend One More Month in Detention

Fuad Gahramanli, the jailed deputy chairman of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP), will spend another month in pretrial detention, Gahramanli’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Fuad Gahramanli was arrested on December 8, 2015. He is charged under Articles 281 (making appeals against the state), 283 (instigation of national, racial, social or religious hatred and hostility) and 220.2 (incitement to active insubordination to lawful demands of a representative of authority and to mass disorders, as well as to...

Investigation of Criminal Case Against Opposition Party Representative Fuad Gahramanli Completed

The preliminary investigation of the criminal case against the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP) Deputy Chairman Fuad Gahramanli has been completed, lawyer Nemat Karimli told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Fuad Gahramanli was arrested on December 8, 2015. He is charged under Articles 281 (making appeals against the state) and 283 (incitement of national, racial, social or religious hatred and hostility) of the Criminal Code. On May 16, 2016, a new charge was brought against him under Article 220.2 (inciting to riot)...

Opposition Party Activist Sentenced to Administrative Arrest for Participating in Demonstration

The activists of Shaki branch of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP) held a rally by visiting the Martyrs’ Avenue on May 28, on the occasion of the Republic Day. The police interfered with the march and youth activist Samir Hasanov was detained by the police, APFP told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Samir Hasanov was sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest under Article 296 (minor hooliganism) of the Code of Administrative Offences. His hearing in Shaki Regional Court was held behind...
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