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Critical Poet Saday Shakarli’s Lawyers Seek His Acquittal

Summary: Hearing 3  Speaking on the merits of the appeal at the hearing, Saday Shakarli’s lawyers Fakhraddin Mehdiyev and Bahruz Bayramov requested acquittal of their client;  Saday Shakarli said he was in agreement with his lawyers;  Victim’s representative Ramiz Gasimzade made a speech, seeking rejection of the appeal;  Public prosecutor Hafiz Imanov also asked for dismissal of the appeal during his speech. He also asked the court

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Court Rejects Critical Poet Saday Shakarli’s Motions

Baku Court of Appeal, chaired by judge Jamal Ramazanov, held a preliminary hearing on the appeal of poet Saday Shakarli. Saday Shakarli was arrested on December 23, 2015 and is charged under Article 182.3.2 (extortion of a large amount of property) of the Criminal Code. He is accused of extorting 10,000 AZN by threatening to publish revelatory, discrediting and fictitious articles and to disseminate defamatory information about a senior official

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Critical Poet Transferred to Jail Before Court Verdict Comes into Force

Poet Saday Shakarli has been transferred from Baku Detention Center to Prison #15 before the court verdict against him took effect, poet’s lawyer Fakhraddin Mehdiyev told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Saday Shakarli was arrested on December 23, 2015 and is charged under Article 182.3.2 (extortion of a large amount of property) of the Criminal Code. He is accused of extorting 10,000 AZN by threatening to publish revelatory,

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Critical Poet Transferred to Jail Before Court Verdict Comes into Force

Poet Saday Shakarli has been transferred from Baku Detention Center to Prison #15 before the court verdict against him took effect, poet’s lawyer Fakhraddin Mehdiyev told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Saday Shakarli was arrested on December 23, 2015 and is charged under Article 182.3.2 (extortion of a large amount of property) of the Criminal Code. He is accused of extorting 10,000 AZN by threatening to publish revelatory,

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Jailed Poet Saday Shakarli’s Health Worsens

Imprisoned critical poet Saday Shakarli’s health has deteriorated, the poet’s lawyer Bahruz Bayramov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Saday Shakarli was arrested on December 23, 2015 and is charged under Article 182.3.2 (extortion of a large amount of property) of the Criminal Code. He is accused of extorting 10,000 AZN by threatening to publish revelatory, discrediting and fictitious articles and to disseminate

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Poet Saday Shakarli Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail

Summary: Hearing 9  Lawyers Fakhraddin Mehdiyev and Bahruz Bayramov made speeches at the hearing and asked for the discontinuance of the criminal case against poet Saday Shakarli on exculpatory grounds;  Saday Shakarli made a speech and related his arrest to his criticism of President Ilham Aliyev;  The court sentenced Saday Shakarli to 10 years in prison. Baku Grave Crimes Court chaired by Judge Afgan Hajiyev held a hearing on the criminal

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Prosecutor Seeks 10-Year Jail Sentence for Poet Saday Shakarli

Summary: Hearing 8 (May 11) Public prosecutor Abisalam Heydarov gave a speech requesting that Saday Shakarli be convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail; Saday Shakarli’s lawyers Fakhraddin Mehdiyev and Bahruz Bayramov asked the court to allow them time to prepare for the defense speech; The presiding judge postponed the hearing to allow the lawyers to prepare for the defense speech. The Baku Grave Crimes Court, chaired by Judge Afgan Hajiyev,

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Court Refuses to Summon Minister of Taxes as Witness in Poet’s Trial

Under judge Afgan Hajiyev, Baku Grave Crimes Court, under the chairmanship continued the hearing on the criminal case against poet Saday Shakarli, who was arrested on December 23, 2015. Shakarli stands charged under Article 182.3.2 (extortion of a large amount of property) of the Criminal Code. (more…)

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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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Motion to Release Poet Saday Shakarli under House Arrest Denied for Second Time

  Binagadi District Court examined and denied the second motion by poet Saday Shakarli to replace his pretrial detention (imposed on December 22, 2015) with the lighter punishment of house arrest. Shakarli was arrested on December 22, 2015, reportedly when he was at the Ministry of Taxes. Some activists have drawn a connection between his arrest and his recent book, “A Wolf Heart”, which contains criticism of the authorities. Shakarli was

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