Baku/28.12.17/Turan: The trial of the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly continued today in the Balaken District Court by hearing witnesses' testimony. On December 28, three witnesses were questioned at the trial, lawyer Nemat Kerimli told Turan. "Today witnesses Goshgar Muradov, Azer Bayramli and Dovlat Khanbabayev, employees of the border service, were heard. Mukhtarly recognized one of the witnesses. This man took Mukhtarly from his abductors in Georgia and called someone "coded message" - "the mall is with us, with him we are going to the wake". The journalist demanded that the Prosecutor General's Office be asked to bring this person to criminal liability on charges of kidnapping a person. However, the court did not grant the petition," said the lawyer.
Baku / 26.12.17 / Turan: The witnesses' testimony continued at the trial on the case of the deputy chairman of the Popular front party Gezal Bayramli in the Gazakh regional court. Witness Hasan Mahmudov, who was in the service of Bayramli's arrest, was interrogated. He said he did not see how the money was found. The witness said that he had seen Bayramli in the territory where customs control was being carried out. At the same time, he could not answer the question why the investigation is conducted by the Border Guard Service," lawyer Elchin Sadygov told Turan. Another witness, the inquirer of the State Border Service did not appear at the trial and the hearings were postponed to January 4. To support Bayramly from Baku and other regions in Gaza, a large group of activists of the Popular Front Party and the National Council of Democratic Forces arrived. However, many of them were not admitted to the hall.
After the break, hearings of the testimony of witnesses continued. Some of them did not appear in court. Therefore, their testimony was postponed to the next trial to fe held on 28 December t 10:30. -0-
Baku / 14.12.17 / Turan: On Wednesday, in Gazakh District Court under the chairmanship of Agarza Samadov, a judicial investigation began on the case of the deputy chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), Gezal Bayramli.
Baku / 01.12.17 / Turan: A preparatory meeting on the case of Deputy Chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan Gezal Bayramli was continued at the Gazakh District Court under the chairmanship of Agarza Samadov today.
Baku / 30.11.17 / Turan: On Thursday, the District Court of the Balakan region (450 km from Baku), under the chairmanship of Humbat Salimov held a preparatory meeting on the case of the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly accused of smuggling and illegal border crossing.
Baku / 20.11.17Turan: The criminal case against the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly will be examined in the Balaken District Court (441 km north-west of Baku). Turan was informed about this by Nemat Kerimli, a lawyer.
Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: Baku Court of Appeal rejected the complaint of journalist Afgan Mukhtarly, leaving him in custody. Zibeyda Sadigova's lawyer reported, the complaint was filed to extend the arrest of the journalist. According to her, Mukhatli himself at the trial said that he was discriminated. So, he is limited to the right to telephone conversations with relatives and friends; meeting are not allowed. All this, in the journalist's view, confirms the groundlessness of his arrest. The court dismissed the complaint and left the journalist in custody.
Baku /20.10.17 / Turan: Investigative actions were carried out against the journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was kept in the Baku pre-trial detention center, said his lawyer Elchin Sadygov. According to him, although the articles of the prosecution remained the same, but changes were made in the content of the case materials. During the investigation, Afgan Mukhtarly declared his innocence. He said that he was abducted in Georgia because of his journalistic investigations. Mukhtarly said that his arrest is illegal, he has serious health problems, he suffers from severe pain in the heart. Mukhtarly asked the investigation to consent to his examination and treatment at his own expense, either at the Central Clinical Hospital or the Customs Hospital. After the completion of the investigative actions, the lawyer met with him alone. The lawyer said that for confidential communication with the client, he was hindered.
Baku / 17.10.17 / Turan: Neymat Kerimli, the lawyer of journalist Afgan Mukhtarly was examined today in Baku pre-trial detention center-1 and faced a rude treatment. According to Kerimli, Mukhtarly's rights have been limited for a long time and today he took testimony on this from a journalist. However, the lawyer was not allowed to communicate privately with the client. According to Kerimli, the jail staff watched them during the meeting. When leaving the jail, several employees of the Penitentiary Service rudely searched his bag, seized Mukhtraly's testimony and other records. Then the lawyer was forcibly taken to the head of the jail. However, after that, the seized items were returned. The lawyer said that he would file a complaint with the prosecutor's office.
Baku / 13.10.17 / Turan: Nasimi district court of Baku considered the proposal of the prosecutor's office to extend the term of preventive punishment in the form of arrest of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli for 2 months. The court partially granted the proposal of the prosecutor's office and extended the term of arrest for 1 month 20 days - until December 19, lawyer Zibaida Sadigova said. Protection will appeal this decision to the Court of Appeal.
Baku / 13.10.17 / Turan: On October 13, the Baku Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the PFPA deputy chairman Gezal Bayramli against the decision of the Nasimi court to extend the term of her arrest. Turan was informed about this by the lawyer Zibeyda Sadigova.
Baku / 13.10.17 / Turan: The Nasimi district court of Baku rejected a petition to replace the preventive measure against the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly and transfer him under house arrest. Turan was informed about this by the lawyer Zibeyda Sadigova.
Baku / 10.10.17 / Turan: The arrested journalist Afgan Mukhtarly appealed to the Georgian Parliament with request to create a commission to investigate his abduction in Tbilisi and transfer to Azerbaijan. "I do not have a criminal past. During my stay in Georgia, I did not violate its laws. I was kidnapped in Tbilisi and illegally transported through the border crossing to Lagodekhi and transferred to the Azerbaijani special services, "the journalist said.
Baku / 06.10.17 / Turan: The Nasimi district court of Baku extended for another two months the term of arrest of the deputy chairman of the Popular Front Party Gezal Bayramli.As the lawyer Zibeyda Sadigova told Turan, the idea of extending the arrest was made by Deputy Prosecutor General Rustam Usubov.
Baku / 04.10.17 / Turan: Nasimi District Court rejected the defense's motion to release journalist Afgan Mukhtarly for house arrest. The laywer Zibeida Sadigova told that Mukhtarly repeated at the trial that he was not guilty. "I have been under arrest for five months. However, there have been only three investigative measures so far, "the journalist said.
Baku / 22.09.17 / Turan: The Deputy Chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) Gezal Bayramli, held in Baku Pretrial Detention Center No. 1, cannot receive monetary compensation, which is due to her by the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the lawyer Elchin Sadygov told Turan.
Baku / 23.08.17 / Turan: On 23 August the Baku Court of Appeal rejected the complaint of the arrested journalist Afgan Mukhtarly, who complained about the illegality of the extension of his arrest. The complaint was examined in closed mode. The defense demanded that the decision of the Nasimi court be revoked on August 17.
Baku/22.08.17/Turan: A lawyer Asabali Mustafayev visited today the deputy head of the Popular Front Party (PFPA) Gezal Bayramli and activist of the same party Fuad Ahmadli in the Baku Pre-trial detention center-1.Mustafayev said that Bayramli suffers from health problems. He denied the official statement of the Penitentiary Service on her normal health.
Baku/21.08.17/Turan: On August 21 the Court of Appeal chaired by Sahibkhan Mirzoyev considered the case of the arrested journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. He appealed the prohibition of the Sabunchu court, which does not allow him to meet with relatives and trusted people.
Baku / 17.08.17 / Turan: Nasimi district court of Baku today made a decision to extend the term of the arrest of deputy chairman of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan Party (PFPA) Geyzal Bayramli for another two months. The defense considers this decision unreasonable and intends to appeal against it.
Baku / 17.08.17 / Turan: Today's decision of the Nasimi district court extended the term of restraint in the form of arrest against journalist Afgan Mukhtarly for another two months - until the end of October, according to his lawyer Nemat Kerimli.
Baku / 16.08.17 / Turan: Prosecutor General's Office filed a motion to prolong the arrest of the deputy chairman of the Popular Front Party Gezal Bayramli and journalist Afgan Mukhtarly. Both submissions will be considered on August 17 in the Nasimi district court of Baku by judge Babek Panakhov.
Baku / 14.08.17 / Turan: Employees of the Kurdakhany detention center on August 12 again did not allow Afgan Mukhtarly's relatives to meet with him. Moreover, they refused to hand over three works by Mammad Emin Rasulzadeh, one of the founders of the Azerbaijan People's Republic (APR), to the journalist.
Baku/09.08.17/Turan: The arrested journalist Afgan Mukhtarly had heart problems, but in the jail they do not allow him to heal, said a lawyer of the journalist Neymat Kerimli. According to him, in the first days of August he was examined by doctors. "Doctors told Afgan that he had heart problems and that he had a much faster pulse. The doctors issued a prescription for treatment," said the lawyer. According to him, the recipes were issued to the Baku pre-trial detention center-1 administration. However, almost 10 days have passed, but Mukhtarly has not been given a prescription or medicines. The lawyer intends to apply to the leadership of the pre-trial detention center. Mukhtarli suffers from diabetes, experiencing pain and in the stomach. After his arrest, he lost 21 kg. However, the Penitentiary Service does not comment on the reports on the state of health of the journalist.
Baku/09.08.17/Turan: Baku Appeals Court (BCA) rejected today the complaint about the illegal arrest of the deputy chairman of the Popular front party Gezal Bayramli. The defense believes that Bayramli was illegally detained on May 25 at the crossing of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The Nasimi district court of Baku on July 31 rejected a complaint about illegal crossing, and the defense challenged this decision in BCA. The trial held today in the BCA was closed. The jury under the chairmanship of Vagif Mursagulov declared the complaint groundless, lawyer Elchin Sadygov told Turan. According to him, in court Bayramli complained about the conditions of detention.
Baku / 04.08.17 / Turan: The Azerbaijani Penitentiary Service continues to violate the rights of Afgan Mukhtarly for visits to the pre-trial detention center with his relatives. So, the youth activist Samir Asadli was again not allowed to meet with the journalist in the pre-trial detention center on August 4. The Mukhtarly family gave Assadli the power of attorney to meet with him. However, the leadership of the Kurdakhan jail does not allow it, according to Asadli himself.
Baku / 02.08.17 / Turan: The Sabunchu court refused to consider the complaint of the relatives of the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly that they are not allowed to meet with Afgan in the Baku pretrial detention center.
Baku / 26.07.17 / Turan: The journalist Ayten Farhadova was questioned in the Office for Grave Crimes on July 25 for about four hours. She said she was interrogated in connection with the criminal case of the arrested journalist Afgan Mukhtarly and the Internet resource Meydan TV.
Baku/22.07.17/Turan: "The police liquidated almost all the facts important for the fair disclosure of the case, and then handed the case over to the prosecutor's office," stated Leyla Mustafayeva, the wife of the arrested journalist Aflan Mukhtarly, commenting on the resignation of the heads of counterintelligence departments of the State Border Guard Service and the National Security Service. She expressed dissatisfaction with the progress of the investigation.
Baku/20.07.17/Turan: Otar Kuprashvili resigned today from the post of head of the Department for Combating Terrorism of the State Security Service of Georgia, reported in a press release of this structure.
Baku/20.07.17/Turan: Heads of the border police and director of the counterintelligence department of Georgia were dismissed due to the disappearance of an opposition Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarly in Tbilisi, who was later arrested in Baku. Georgian Interior Minister Georgy Mgebrishvili said at a briefing that the personnel decisions were taken in order to avoid any suspicion in this case, which is being investigated in Georgia.
Baku / 18.07.17 / Turan: Deputy head of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) Geyzal Bayramli, who is kept in Baku pre-trial detention center - 1, deteriorated, she got an acute osteoarthritis, state Zibeyda Sadigova, her lawyer, who visited her. "Geyzal Bayramli suffers from osteoarthritis - a disease of the joints. Now in the knee joint there is an inflammatory process. Geyzal Bayramli cannot bend her knee, for this reason she has problems with walking,"Sadigova told Turan. According to the lawyer, Bayramli does not receive effective treatment in the detention center. "Geyzal Bayramli complains of severe pain. But it is not treated, but only an anesthetic drug diclofenac is given," said the lawyer. According to her, Bayramli is not allowed to use the right to telephone conversations. Bayramli was detained on May 25 on her return from Georgia. She was accused of smuggling, and in particular, an attempt to import undeclared $12 .000. A criminal case on smuggling has been launched against her. On the night of May 27, the court ruled on her arrest. Bayramly herself rejected the charges and called them politically ......
Baku/17.07.17/Turan: "The Government of Georgia should provide the journalist Afghan Mukhtarli with the status of "victim", said on July 17 at a press conference in Tbilisi, a deputy of the European Parliament, head of the PA "Euronest" Rebecca Harmes during her visit to Georgia. The delegation led by her raised at the meetings with Georgian officials the issue of Mukhtarly, who was abducted in Tbilisi on May 29 and handed over to law enforcement bodies of Azerbaijan.
Baku / 14.07.17 / Turan: Members of the National Preventive Group for the Prevention of Torture under the Azerbaijani Ombudswoman visited the Kurdahan jail, where they met with the oppositionist Geyzal Bayramli, journalist Afgan Mukhtarly and the director of Internet TV "Channel-13" Aziz Orujov. According to the press service of the ombudsman's office, the visit was sudden without prior notification to the administration. It is reported that the representatives of the Ombudswoman talked with Bayramly, Mukhtarly, Orujov and other prisoners in a confidential atmosphere. The persons accepted by the representatives of the Ombudswoman did not complain about the treatment with them. Some expressed dissatisfaction with the course of the investigation against them. Each of these persons was provided with legal advice, examined documents, clarified the requirements of legislation. "The appeals addressed to the Ombudsman were accepted, some appeals were provided on the spot," the press release said. As a result of the visit, appeals will be sent to the relevant structures. Earlier, lawyers of Bayramly, Mukhtarly and Orudjov reported ......
Baku/14.07.17/Turan: On July 14, under the chairmanship of Judge Vagif Mursagulov, the Baku Appeal Court examined the complaint of journalist Afgan Mukhtarly. According to lawyer Elchin Sadigov, the complaint was against the decision of the Nasimi court on July 6. It's about refusing to accept the complaint about the illegal search of Afghan Mukhtarly on May 29 this year, illegal interference in the phone, whatsapp, facebook, e-mail, personal accounts. At today's court session, the judge upheld the first instance court's decisions. Afgan Mukhtarly himself participated in the trial, according to the lawyer. The lawyer said, his client's health deteriorated even more, the pains in the stomach intensified.
Baku / 12.07.17 / Turan: The spouse of the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly, who was arrested in Azerbaijan, Leila Mustafayeva, along with the lawyer, got acquainted with the materials of the criminal investigation launched in Georgia on the complaint of her husband's abduction in Tbilisi. They were not satisfied with the progress of the investigation.
Baku / 11.07.17 / Turan: Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who is kept in jail N1, is seriously ill, lawyer Elchin Sadigov wrote on his Facebook page after visiting his client on July 10. Afghan Mukhtarly said that he was not allowed to warm food brought by his relatives, and the food given out in the jail is of poor quality. For this reason, he has strong stomach pains, he can not eat normally and lost weight by 16 kilo," Wrote the lawyer.
Baku / 08.07.17 / Turan: The health of the arrested deputy chairman of the People's Front Party Gezal Bayramli and journalist Afgan Mukhtarly continues to deteriorate, and the head of the Internet resource "Kanal 13" Aziz Orujov is not allowed meetings with his family, reported to RadioAzadliq a lawyer Elchin Sadigov who visited them in the Baku pre-trial detention center.
Baku/07.07.17/Turan: On 7 July a journalist Islam Shihali was interrogated for two hours in the Investigatory Directorate of Serious Crimes of the Prosecutor General's Office. After the interrogation Shikhali said that he was asked questions about the activities of the arrested journalist Afgan Mukhtarly, the Internet resource "Meydan" TV and the head of this structure - Emin Milli.
Tbilisi / 07.07.17 / Turan: The European Court will consider the case of the Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarly in an accelerated regime, said Mukhtarli's lawyer Archil Chopikashvili. "The Strasbourg Court of Human Rights has given "priority" to this case, and this means that in the European Court the case will be considered in a priority, accelerated order," RFE / RL's lawyer said.