Bashir Suleymanli not provided meetings with his family in jail

basir_suleymanliContained in the Baku prison, the Executive Director of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDSC) Bashir Suleymanli is not allowed  meetings with his relatives. The lawyer Fariz Namazly told Turan.

According to the lawyer, he raised the matter with the leadership of the jail.

In response, he was told that the jail holds around 2,000 people, and they are also waiting for meetings with their families, so Suleymanli will have a meeting when his turn comes.

During the period after the arrest in the courtroom on May 26, Syleymanli was only once allowed to meet with his relatives through a glass partition.

The lawyer considers unreasonable restriction on the right of Suleymanli to meet his relatives.

As noted Namazly, under Article 19.6 of the Law “On the rights and freedoms of persons in detention,” a prisoner has the right to meet his relatives four times a month for 4 hours.

In turn, the public relations department of the Prison Service told Turan that “in a short period of stay in Jail N 1 in Baku from 26 May Suleymanli once met with members of his family and twice exercised his right to receive foods from them.”

“All appeals from the relatives of Suleymanli for meetings and transfer of food parcels to him have been satisfied,” said the representative of the Prison Service.

* On 26 May the head of EMDSC, Anar Mammadli was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison, while Bashir Suleymanli was sentenced to 3.5 years. For the same period was conditionally sentenced the head of the Public Association for International Cooperation of Volunteers, Elnur Mammadov.

According to human rights activists, the true reason for their prosecution was their conclusion of rigged presidential elections in Azerbaijan in October 2013. 

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