Tag archive of Ganimat Zahid

Azerbaijani Hour TV Program Temporarily Off Air

The TV program “Azerbaijani Hour” will be off the air for some weeks as the Turkey-based Barish TV, on which the program was broadcast, has been shut down along with 15 other TV channels, the author and host of the program Ganimat Zahid has said. A coup d’état was attempted in Turkey on July 15. Turkish government claims that the coup was masterminded by Fetullah Gulen, who currently resides in the USA. In backlash to the coup attempt, scores

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Critical Journalist Ganimat Zahid’s Relatives Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Summary: Hearing 13  At today’s hearing, Rovshan Zahidov’s lawyer Tahir Khanaliyev made a speech and asked for Rovshan Zahidov’s acquittal;  Rufat Zahidov made his final speech. He said the drugs found on him and in his car did not belong to him and he had never used drugs. He requested a verdict of acquittal for himself.  Rovshan Zahidov also made his final speech and related his arrest to Ganimat Zahidov. He pleaded not guilty and

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Prosecutor Seeks Jail Sentence for Critical Journalist Ganimat Zahid’s Relatives

Summary: Hearing 11  Making a speech at the hearing, public prosecutor Elchin Gafarov said the defendants’ offences were proven through material evidence in the case, witness testimonies and expert opinion. He asked the court to issue a verdict of guilty against the defendants. The public prosecutor requested an 8.5-year jail sentence for Rufat Zahidov by considering the fact that he had one underage child as a mitigating circumstance. The prosecutor

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Judicial Investigation Completed in Trial of Critical Journalist Ganimat Zahid’s Relatives

Summary: Hearing 10  At the hearing, Rovshan Zahidov’s lawyer Tahir Khanaliyev filed a motion to obtain and examine the evidence confirming the violations committed during the pre-trial proceedings and determining the grounds for acquittal, and to question additional witnesses. The motion was rejected;  The judge made a decision on the completion of the judicial investigation on the criminal case. Baku Grave Crimes Court, under chairmanship

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Witness Testimonies Continue in Trial of Critical Journalist Ganimat Zahid’s Relatives

 Summary: Hearing 9 (April 29) Interior Ministry Main Drug Enforcement Department’s (MDED) employee Farid Aliyev testified as a witness and said that based on information received, he and MDED detectives Gasim Huseynov and Surkhay Aliyev conducted a joint operation. Aliyev added that they had chosen the operational position near the Shaki café located in Yasamal district, as Rufat Zahidov spent most of his time there. Sakit Alakbarov said

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Prosecution Witnesses Questioned in Trial of Ganimat Zahid’s Relatives

 Summary: Hearing 6 (March 28) Witnesses - Rovshan Zahidov's wife Leyla Ibrahimova, Shamakhi Regional Police Department's operating officer Baba Atakishiyev and attesting witnesses Mehman Hidayetov and Seymur Adgozelov - were questioned at the hearing; Witness Leyla Ibrahimova said the drugs had been put into her husband's jacket pocket by one of those who came to search the house; Shamakhi Regional Police Department's operating officer Baba

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Trial of Ganimat Zahid’s Relatives Begins

    Trial of Ganimat Zahid’s Relatives Begins Summary: Hearing 1 (February 19, 2016)   Ø  Bahruz Bayramov, the lawyer for the defendant Rufat Zahidov, filed a verbal motion to present the indictment bill to his client, as it had not yet been served. The presiding judge granted the motion and ordered that the indictment bill be presented to the defendants. Baku Grave Crimes Court, chaired by judge Eldar Mikayilov, held a preliminary

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Families of human rights defenders under attack in Azerbaijan

Families of human rights defenders under attack in Azerbaijan   The Azerbaijani regime is trying to silence human rights defenders in exile by targeting their families and loved ones – those whom they were forced to leave behind.     On 22 July, Ganimat Zahid, the Editor-in-Chief of Azadliq newspaper currently in exile in France, issued an official statement regarding the authorities’ actions against his relatives:  

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Journalist Seymur Hazi: “ I am behind bars because of my journalism”

 On July 28, the Sumgait Court of Appeal held a hearing on the case of Seymur Hazi, a department head at Azadliq newspaper and the presenter of the Azerbaijan Hour TV program.   Hazi was arrested for fighting with Baku resident Maharram Hasanov on 29 August 2014 in Jeyranbatan settlement. He was charged under article 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism involving the use of items used as a weapon), while Hasanov was charged under article

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