Law enforcement authorities paralyzed IRFS

After a six-hour search in the office of the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS) August 8, law enforcement officials seized all electronic media, surveying equipment, financial documents and materials relating to the human rights organization. Thus, the activity of the IRFS is virtually paralyzed.

The search that started at 16.00 ended at 22.00.

The lawyer Fariz Namazly told Turan the decision about the search was made by the Sabail district court of Baku August 7 at the presentation of the Investigation Department of Grave Crimes Prosecutor General’s Office in connection with the criminal case against “several local and foreign NGOs.”

At the same time, according to the lawyer, in the judgment there was not expressed any necessity of a search. It is not mentioned that in connection with some suspicion, a search should be conducted. The decision gave authorization for the removal of all electronic media, financial documents, and grant agreements. And the search was authorized only at the address, where there was a second floor office IRFS. However, in violation of the provisions, this search was carried out also on the first floor of the building. During the search, were seized all electronic media, including more than 20 computers. Moreover, even the monitors were removed, even though the equipment has no memory and cannot represent the interest of the investigation. There were also seized all the cameras and camcorders. Along with the withdrawal of financial records were seized materials of IRFS trial monitoring, the documents relating to the protection of journalists’ rights, although this was not provided by the judgment, continued Namazly, the lawyer.

According to him, the removal of these equipments violates IRFS activity.

Meanwhile, there is still no information about the location of IRFS Director Emin Huseynov.

During the day reports appeared of his arrest, but they were not confirmed by the police.

The United States Embassy has denied the information that Huseynov is in the diplomatic mission.

On July 9 the bank accounts of IRFS were arrested.

On August 5, Huseynov was not permitted to leave the country for treatment in Turkey.

A month ago he was injured on the shoulder and due to the lack of progress in the treatment he was going to be examined in Istanbul.

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Law enforcement authorities paralyzed IRFS

August 9th, 2014

After a six-hour search in the office of the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS) August 8, law enforcement officials seized all electronic media, surveying equipment, financial documents and materials relating to the human rights organization. Thus, the activity of the IRFS is virtually paralyzed.

The search that started at 16.00 ended at 22.00.

The lawyer Fariz Namazly told Turan the decision about the search was made by the Sabail district court of Baku August 7 at the presentation of the Investigation Department of Grave Crimes Prosecutor General’s Office in connection with the criminal case against “several local and foreign NGOs.”

At the same time, according to the lawyer, in the judgment there was not expressed any necessity of a search. It is not mentioned that in connection with some suspicion, a search should be conducted. The decision gave authorization for the removal of all electronic media, financial documents, and grant agreements. And the search was authorized only at the address, where there was a second floor office IRFS. However, in violation of the provisions, this search was carried out also on the first floor of the building. During the search, were seized all electronic media, including more than 20 computers. Moreover, even the monitors were removed, even though the equipment has no memory and cannot represent the interest of the investigation. There were also seized all the cameras and camcorders. Along with the withdrawal of financial records were seized materials of IRFS trial monitoring, the documents relating to the protection of journalists’ rights, although this was not provided by the judgment, continued Namazly, the lawyer.

According to him, the removal of these equipments violates IRFS activity.

Meanwhile, there is still no information about the location of IRFS Director Emin Huseynov.

During the day reports appeared of his arrest, but they were not confirmed by the police.

The United States Embassy has denied the information that Huseynov is in the diplomatic mission.

On July 9 the bank accounts of IRFS were arrested.

On August 5, Huseynov was not permitted to leave the country for treatment in Turkey.

A month ago he was injured on the shoulder and due to the lack of progress in the treatment he was going to be examined in Istanbul.

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