Trial against human rights defender starts in Salyan

In the Lankaran Court of Grave Crimes today began the proceedings against Emil Mammadov – head of the NGO Promotion of Democracy from Salyan.

Mammadov was detained on 13 May and was arrested on charges of extortion (Article 182.2.2). Grounds for arrest were evidence given by Tofig Gasimov, employee of Mammadov’s NGO.

The lawyer Fariz Namazly told Turan at today’s meeting his client gave evidence.

He denied the allegations and said that he was arrested on the basis of false and defamatory accusations. As the director of the NGO said, he was involved in human rights activities, reported on violations in the area and embezzlement of budget funds.

Mammadov said that he never extorted money from the victims. All of them are local officials and testified under dictation of the management of the area.

The next hearing on the case is scheduled for September 5. At this meeting, it is expected to address the second defendant, Tofig Gasimov and examination of the victims.

Local human rights activists have recognized Mammadov a political prisoner.

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