Spontaneous rally in support of the Azerbaijani Army, Baku, July 14, 2020. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the Caucasian Knot

16 September 2020, 14:24

Azerbaijani oppositionist Suleimanov denied transfer to house arrest

A court in Baku has dismissed an appeal complaint against the refusal to transfer Baba Suleimanov, an activist of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), accused in connection with the July 15 rally in Baku, under house arrest.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that at night on July 15, an unsanctioned march was held in Baku in support of the Azerbaijani Army, which ended in activists' clashes with the police. On August 1, the PFPA reported that the number of party activists detained after the march had reached 48. Criminal charges were brought against 37 activists, including 16 PFPA members, Baba Suleimanov among them.

He was arrested on July 21. On September 15, the Baku Court of Appeal (BAS) considered a complaint against the refusal to transfer Suleimanov to house arrest for his health reasons. According to Zibeida Sadygova, an advocate, after his arrest, Suleimanov periodically suffers from heart attacks; and therefore he was temporarily hospitalized into a medical unit of the jail.

According to the advocate, the defence had justified the appeal complaint by the state of Suleimanov's health and by the fact that the investigation had already been completed. However, the BAS dismissed the complaint, Ms Sadygova has stated.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 16, 2020 at 10:48 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medzhid; Source: CK correspondent

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