Head of Ganja NGOs will say last word

The trial in the case of the head of the NGO “Center for Civic Enlightenment “Intellectual” Hasan Huseynli, accused of disorderly conduct and illegal possession of knives, continued today in the Nizami Court of the city of Ganja. According to investigators, on 31 March Huseynli stabbed Arzu Gahramanova, Ganja resident. However, in fact, unknown individual came up to Huseynli on the street and began insulting, provoking a fight. Huseynli realized that it was a provocation, did not answer, and immediately called and told reporters about the incident. Despite the fact that the prosecution has not been confirmed, on July 4 prosecutor suggested to sentence Huseynli to seven years in prison. Today closing remarks were made by lawyers Elchin Sadigov and Alaif Hasanov, who asked to justify Huseynli. In an interview with Turan agency, Hasanov said that the prosecution in the illegal possession of weapons has not been announced, but the indictment simply has a link to it. In fact there is no clarity about the instruments of crime, and most importantly, there is no evidence of a crime. Of four witnesses two are police officers. The third witness, Aygun Ogtaygyzy, refused to testify against. Another witness, Jamila Gulmamedova, argued that she simply reported the incident to the service of “102” Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“According to our information, these witnesses are often used by police as witnesses in a variety of criminal cases. Nizami and Kapaz courts, as well as Ganja Serous Crimes Court refused to answer our questions about it. The judge hearing the case by Huseynli also dismissed the application for requesting information about it,” said the lawyer.

The lawyer asked for a week to prepare to the final word. However, the judge gave him only two hours by assigning his speech for 16:00. But later, the hearing was postponed to July 14.

“The haste with which the judge terminates the trial confirms the political nature of this case,” said the lawyer.

The human rights defenders are convinced, the true cause of concern is that the authorities are considerably concerned with the influence of Huseynli on local youth, which ignores formal events, preferring to deal with human rights activist.

* The NGO “Intelligent Citizen” (ICEC) http://www.kamilv.az/ was founded in 2004. Organization received state registration in February 2009.

The main mission of this NGO is the dissemination of ideas of an open society in the Western region of Azerbaijan. For this purpose, educational activities of civil society, the main target group is youth projects, were conducted.

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