Tag archive of Rauf Mirgadirov

Rauf Mirgadirov Appeals Court Verdict

     Zerkalo newspaper correspondent Rauf Mirgadirov has filed an appellate complaint against the Baku Grave Crimes Court’s verdict of December 28, 2015. The Court found him guilty of treason and sentenced him to 6 years in jail. The journalist’s lawyer Fuad Agayev said that the appeal presents evidence for the groundlessness of the verdict and requests the journalist’s acquittal.    Agayev said that he had met with

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STATEMENT: IRFS condemns the conviction of journalist Rauf Mirgadirov

    STATEMENT: IRFS condemns the conviction of journalist Rauf Mirgadirov  Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) resolutely condemns the sentencing of journalist Rauf Mirgadirov to a staggering six years in jail.   On December 28, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes convicted Mirgadirov on a charge of high treason following a series of closed hearings that fail to achieve even a semblance of due process.   

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Trial of journalist Rauf Mirgadirov: verdict and final speeches

 On December 28, Baku Grave Crimes Court, chaired by judge Alisultan Osmanov, continued the trial of journalist Rauf Mirgadirov.   The hearing was held in public according to national legislation, which requires that hearings in which verdicts are announced must be held in open court.   Rauf Mirgadirov’s family, members of the public, and a number of media representatives attended the hearing.   The judge found Rauf Mirgadirov

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Journalist Rauf Mirkadirov’s trial continues behind closed doors

 The hearing on journalist Rauf Mirgadirov’s case was resumed in Baku Grave Crimes Court on December 9. The hearing was held behind closed doors in accordance with a prior court ruling. After the hearing, the journalist’s lawyer, Fuad Agayev, told reporters that witness examinations had been completed, but the judicial investigation is still ongoing.   Reiterating his non-disclosure obligation, the lawyer said only that the witnesses

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Journalist Rauf Mirkadirov’s trial continues behind closed doors

The hearing on journalist Rauf Mirgadirov’s case was resumed in Baku Grave Crimes Court on December 9. The hearing was held behind closed doors in accordance with a prior court ruling. After the hearing, the journalist’s lawyer, Fuad Agayev, told reporters that witness examinations had been completed, but the judicial investigation is still ongoing.   Reiterating his non-disclosure obligation, the lawyer said only that the witnesses had

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Witnesses testify in journalist’s trial

  The hearing on the arrested Zerkalo newspaper correspondent Rauf Mirgadirov’s case continued with witness testimonies in Baku Grave Crimes Court on November 25. Judge Alisultan Osmanov presided over the hearing.   The hearing is being held behind closed doors on the judge’s order, and the lawyers and witnesses are required to sign a recognizance committing not to disclose any information about the proceedings.      

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Defence motions in Rauf Mirgadirov’s case rejected

On November 18, Baku Grave Crimes Court, chaired by judge Alisultan Osmanov, held a closed hearing on the case of Zerkalo newspaper correspondent Rauf Mirgadirov. Members of the public were denied entry into the courthouse.   During a break in the hearing, Mirgadirov’s lawyer Fuad Agayev stated that all of the motions that he had filed during the hearing had been rejected, following which the presiding judge announced the beginning of the

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Investigation of Rauf Mirgadirov’s case completed

 The investigation of the criminal case against journalist Rauf Mirgadirov has been completed, reported his lawyer Fuad Agayev said on 13 October. The lawyer said that he is currently familiarising himself with the criminal case materials.   Background: Journalist Rauf Mirgadirov was detained on 19 April 2014 after being deported to Baku from Turkey. He was charged with spying for Armenia (treason). (more…)

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