Court Revokes License Issued to ANS Independent Broadcasting and Media Company

Baku Court of Appeal, chaired by Judge Ulvi Mayilov, held a hearing on National TV and Radio Council’s (NTRC) request to cancel the license granted to ANS Independent Broadcasting and Media Company on October 25, 2013. By its decision of July 18, 2016, NTRC suspended ANS TV’s transmission for a period of one month and appealed to court to terminate the special license awarded to the TV channel for broadcasting. Today’s hearing was attended by NTRC’s representatives Togrul Mammadov and Togrul Mirzazade, and ANS Independent Broadcasting...

Court Denies Prosecutor’s Appeal for Tougher Punishment for Journalist

Summary: Hearing 3  At the hearing, public prosecutor Rizvan Shammadov made a speech requesting that Nizami district Court’s verdict of June 01, 2016 be revised, Elchin Hasanov be convicted under Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code and be awarded a stiffer penalty provided for by the vindicatory part of that Article;  Journalist Elchin Hasanov’s lawyer Fariz Namazli took the floor and asked the court to quash Nizami District Court’s judgment and to acquit the journalist;  Journalist Elchin Hasanov asked for a fair decision;  According to...

Appellate Court Dismisses Opposition Party’s Complaint against Ministry of Justice

Hearing 1 (May 5)Baku Court of Appeal, chaired by judge Sarvat Huseynov, held a hearing on the appellate complaint by the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP; one of Azerbaijan’s main opposition parties) and Ali Karimli (party chairman) against the Ministry of Justice. At the APFP’s party congress on September 27, 2015, Ali Karimli was elected as party chairman, following which they submitted the necessary documents for the registration of these results to the Ministry of Justice. The results of the APFP’s Trust Congress established by...

Opposition Party Representative Mammad Ibrahim’s Appeal Being Considered

Summary: Hearing 1 (April 29) The accused person Mammad Ibrahim is an advisor to the chairman of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP). He was arrested on hooliganism charges based on the complaint of the Party’s former member Mikayil Guliyev. Mammad Ibrahim’s rights in court are defended by lawyer Fariz Namazli. The public prosecutor is Jeyhun Budagov; At today’s hearing, Mammad Ibrahim’s lawyer Fariz Namazli filed motions to replace the measure of pretrial detention of Mammad Ibrahim with house arrest, to consider the appellate complaint in...

Opposition Party Activist’s Appeal Rejected

Nakhchivan Court of Appeal considered the appeal filed by Zeynalabdin Bagirzade, an activist with the Nakhchivan branch of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP). The information was reported by  Zeynalabdin Bagirzade’s brother , who is the  head of the APFP’s Nakhchivan branch Yashar Bagirsoy. Bagirzade was arrested on November 17, 2015. He was charged under Article 315.1 (resistance to a representative of authority) of the Criminal Code. However, during the trial, it turned out that the charges brought against him had been changed to Article 315.2...
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