The building of the General's Prosecutor Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Photo: http://minval.az/news/56273/

01 November 2021, 20:53

Azerbaijani Prosecutor’s Office recognizes torture of defendants in “Terter case”

Sixteen officials are found guilty of using violence against more than 100 suspects accused of cooperation with the Armenian special services and the preparation of acts of sabotage and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. The above has been announced by the Deputy General Prosecutor of Azerbaijan.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that in the spring of 2017, a group of militaries and civilians was arrested in Baku, and they were accused of cooperation with the special services of Armenia and of plotting acts of sabotage against units of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Azerbaijan in the Terter District. During the investigation, eight persons were tortured to death, and four of them were posthumously rehabilitated. The General Prosecutor of Azerbaijan called the public outcry “unreasonable rush.”

The human rights Union “For Freedom of Political Prisoners of Azerbaijan” recognized 25 people sentenced in the “Terter case” as victims of prosecution for political reasons. The World Organization Against Torture has also reported that Azerbaijan’s law enforcers used torture against detainees.

More than 100 persons involved in the “Terter case” were subjected to physical pressure, reported military prosecutor Khanlar Veliev, Deputy General Prosecutor of Azerbaijan. He admitted that some of them were unreasonably subjected to criminal prosecution.

Meanwhile, Khanlar Veliev emphasized the significance of the “Tartar case and associated it with the aggravation of the Karabakh conflict in the autumn of 2020. “There have been such cases before, a fight was carried out against them, and the guilty persons were brought to justice. If our army had not been cleansed, we would not have been able to win the war,” the “Turan” news agency quoted Khanlar Veliev as saying.

The victims of torture underwent medical treatment, and doctors saved some of them from death.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 1, 2021 at 02:13 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondent

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