Ali Insanov refuses to participate in court trial

The convicted ex-Health Minister, Ali Insanov, refused to take part in the hearing in the Baku Court of Appeal on 25 February. His lawyer Togrul Babayev said that Insanov made a statement today, passing it to the Baku Court of Appeal.

The statement says that he refuses to participate in the process for the following reasons: a court case is considered by a political order,  the presumption of innocence  and his right to a defense  is grossly  violated; all defense motions are rejected by the court, the court refused to hear the testimony of protection and does not take into account the protests, the decision of the European Court is not satisfied, and we know in advance that the trial court's decision will be upheld.

Ex-minister Insanov was arrested in October 2005 on the eve of parliamentary elections. He was accused of coup attempt. Later this charge was replaced by charges of economic crimes. Insanov was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.

March 14, 2013 the European Court found infringed Insanov’s rights under Articles 3 (prohibition of torture) and 6 (right to a fair litigation) of the Convention on Human Rights. European Court ordered the Azerbaijani government to pay  Insanov 10,000 euros compensation.

On  November 15, 2013, plenum of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan, sent the case back to the Baku Court of Appeal  (BCA) for reconsideration. 

On January 17  the BCA began to reconsider the case. In the courtroom, the ex-minister was placed in a soundproof  "Aquarium." Once Insanov expressed criticisms , the presiding judge turned off the microphone.

Despite his numerous complaints about the lack of air in the "Aquarium" and problems with hearing , the court did not accept his complaint into consideration.  Court decision is expected on February 25.  -03B04-    


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