21 February 2019, 12:28

Witnesses in Azerbaijani journalist Mustafa Gadjibeili's case confused in testimonies

At the trial in the case against Mustafa Gadjibeili, the editor-in-chief of the website "Bastainfo.com" in Azerbaijan, the court completed listening to witnesses. The court listened to the testimonies of two women, who said they were "alarmed" by articles published on the website, but did not specify what "alarmed" them, a defendant's advocate reported.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Azerbaijani authorities blocked the website "Bastainfo.com" after it published articles about an assassination attempt against the head of Ganja. On November 30, 2018, Mustafa Gadjibeili was accused of public calls against the state, abuse of office, and forgery in office.

On July 3, 2018, after an accident at the power station, Baku and other regions of Azerbaijan stayed without electricity supply. On the same day, an assassination attempt was made on Elmar Veliev, the head of Ganja.

According to prosecutors, the purpose of two articles on the website "Bastainfo.com" was "to use those events to sow chaos and confusion among citizens."

Witnesses Zulfiya Babaeva and Ilakha Khalidova said they were "alarmed" by an article about "the fall of Elmar Veliev," which allegedly contained "a call for unrest."

"The witnesses can be divided into two groups. The first includes journalists who work with the website 'Bastainfo.com'. They confirmed that the publications were reprinted from other media. Three other witnesses are women from Baku, who said that they were 'alarmed,' but could not clearly explain what had alarmed them," said advocate Osman Kyazimov.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 21, 2019 at 07:17 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid; Source: CK correspondent

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