Tag archive of Hearing

Supreme Court Reduces Jail Sentence of Opposition Party Activist Asif Yusifli

Summary: Hearing 1 (May 4) Asif Yusifli’s lawyer Fakhraddin Mehdiyev spoke at the hearing and requested his client’s acquittal; Public prosecutor Mustajab Aliyev gave a very brief speech, deeming the cassational complaint unfounded and requesting its dismissal; The Judicial Chamber decided to reduce Asif Yusifli’s 7.5-year jail sentence by 1 year and 6 months.  The Supreme Court, chaired by judge Ali Seyfaliyev, held a hearing on the cassational

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Opposition Party Deputy Chairman to Spend Two More Months on Remand

 Nasimi District Court has extended the pretrial detention of Fuad Gahramanli, Deputy Chairman of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP) by two months during a closed hearing, lawyer Fakhraddin Mehdiyev told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS).Fuad Gahramanli was arrested on December 8, 2015. He was charged under Articles 281 (making appeals against the state) and 283 (incitement of national, racial, social or religious

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Journalist Rasim Aliyev’s Murder Case: Defense Witnesses Questioned

Summary: Hearing 7 (May 04) At the hearing, defense witness Sabuhi Safiyarli testified that he heard about the beating of Rasim Aliyev from the journalists who phoned him on August 08 2015, and that he had gone to the hospital with Javid Huseynov to find out more about the incident; Defense witness Zafar Abbasov told the court that he had read about the beating of journalist Rasim Aliyev on the internet at around 9pm on August 08 2015; Javid Huseynov

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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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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

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Trial Continues for Poet Saday Shakarli Accused of Extortion by Ministry of Taxes

Summary: Hearing 6 (April 27) The accused person Saday Shakarli is a poet, who was arrested on the basis of a complaint by the Ministry of Taxes. Saday Shakarli’s rights in court are defended by lawyers Fakhraddin Mehdiyev and Bahruz Bayramov. The public prosecutor is Abisalam Heydarov, and the alleged victim is a senior official of the Ministry of Taxes. However, so far in the trial, it has been unclear who this senior official is. (more…)

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Journalist Rasim Aliyev’s Murder Case: Questioning of Prosecution Witnesses Completed

Summary: Hearing 6 (April 27) Testifying at the hearing, the prosecution witness Parviz Gabilzade said that he had no relation to the charge against Javid Huseynov. He said he knew that his cousin Elshan Ismayilov, who is accused in Rasim’s death, would go to Bayil to fight with him and he called his friend Samir Mustafayev to prevent it; Due to the other two prosecution witnesses’ absence from the hearing, their witness statements provided to

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Authorities Punish Critical Journalist’s Brother Because of Him

Summary: Hearing 2 (April 22) The accused person Murad Adilov is the brother of Natig Adilov, an employee of the pro-opposition newspaper Azadliq and a correspondent of the Azerbaijani Hour TV program which is openly critical of the government policies. Natig Adilov is also the head of the press service of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP). Murad Adilov himself is a member of APFP. After his persecution and his brother’s arrest,

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Gulu Maharramli Insists on Arif Alishanov’s Attendance

 Summary: Hearing 2 (April 8) Journalist Gulu Maharramli’s lawyer Javid Rzazade filed another motion for private prosecutor Arif Alishanov’s participation in the hearing. The lawyer said the court should refuse to begin the trial without the private prosecutor’s presence and should send the complaint back; Commenting on the motion, private prosecutor Arif Alishanov’s representative and lawyer Zaur Abbasov said he was representing the

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Supreme Court Rejects Journalist’s Appeal

  Summary: Hearing 1 (April 7) At the hearing, journalist Nijat Aliyev’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov defended the cassation appeal and asked for suspension of the criminal case against the journalist; The presiding judge decided to reject the cassation appeal and to uphold Baku Appeal Court’s verdict of June 27, 2014. Supreme Court under the chairmanship of the judge Ingilab Nasirov considered the cassation appeal filed by Nijat Aliyev, the

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