Giyas Ibragimov being accompanied by police officers. Photo:

31 August 2016, 15:20

Case against Azerbaijani activist Giyas Ibragimov sent to court

In Azerbaijan, investigators have completed the preliminary investigation into the case against activist Giyas Ibragimov, accused of drug trafficking on a large scale. The case has been sent to the court. The defence intends to file a motion for termination of the criminal proceedings.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 10, a Facebook user Giyas Ibragimov and Bairam Mamedov, an activist of the movement "Nida", were detained in Baku on the charge of drug trafficking. According to the movement "Nida", they were detained after the appearance of graffiti on the pedestal of the monument to Geidar Aliev in Baku. The defence reports that both defendants plead not guilty and claim that they confessed under torture. The international human rights organization "Amnesty International" (AI) recognized them "prisoners of conscience."

Photos of the monument of Geidar Aliev in the park in central Baku with inscriptions on its pedestal were disseminated on May 10 in social networks on the Internet and some online editions. The inscription in the Azerbaijani language read: "Qul bayramınız mübarək!" (Congratulations on the slaves' holiday!). This was wordplay with the phrase "Congratulations on the Day of Flowers!" This day is marked annually on May 10, the birthday of former president Geidar Aliev. On the other side of the pedestal, it was written in English: "Fuck the system!" Later, the inscriptions were erased.

Today, advocate Elchin Sadygov has reported that the preliminary investigation into the case against Giyas Ibragimov is completed. According to the advocate, the investigation was completed last week.

"We will file a motion for termination of the criminal proceedings. The charges are absolutely false and fabricated," Elchin Sadygov told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Faik Medzhid Source: CK correspondent

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