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, Natig Adilov moved to France, where he currently lives;   At today’s hearing, Murad...

Motions denied in Murad Adilov's appeal hearing

    On September 3, Shirvan Appeal Court, chaired by judge Ismayil Ahmadov, held the preliminary hearing on the appeal filed by APFP member Murad Adilov. Adilov was not brought to court for the proceedings.   Adilov’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov presented three motions. The first requested the removal of pieces of evidence from the case file and the termination of criminal proceedings. The second motion requested the amendment of the pretrial detention measures, and the third advocated holding a partial retrial during the appeal hearing. Prosecutor Jeyhun Aliyev asked...

Murad Adilov’s lawyer reveals new facts about the case

Lawyer Yalchin Imanov has discovered interesting facts regarding the case of APFP activist Murad Adilov, according to a post on his Facebook page:   “I have obtained another piece of information about Agakishiyev Elchin Atakhan oglu, who was a circumstantial witness in the politically-motivated criminal case against political prisoner Murad Adilov. According to the Interior Ministry Head Operation and Statistical Information Department’s letter of response to my inquiry, this person was sentenced to 3.5 years in jail by Ali-Bayramli (Shirvan) City Court under article 234.2 of the...

Another human rights lawyer disbarred

 The Presidium of the Bar Association has decided to disbar well-known lawyer Alaif Hasanov. Hasanov says that he was not invited to the discussion on this issue, and was not even informed that it was taking place. He therefore considers the decision unlawful.     He says that he learned about the Bar Association's decision through the organisation’s website, and that the leadership of the Bar Association has approved the decision. Hasanov said he had been told that he would not be able to continue the cases he has undertaken, and...

Opposition activist Murad Adilov sentenced to 6 years in prison

    On May 14, Lankaran Grave Crimes Court passed a verdict on Murad Adilov, an activist of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP). He was convicted under article 234.4.3 (drug trafficking at a large scale) and sentenced to 6 years in jail. The prosecutor had requested a 7-year sentence for Adilov.   In his final speech, Murad Adilov stated that he was being prosecuted for political reasons, related to his brother Natig Adilov’s work as an opposition activist and journalist. Natig Adilov is the presenter of the online...
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