Sentence against the head of the website azadxeber.org Nijat Aliyev is of political nature
Editor-in-chief of religious orientation azadxeber.org Nijat Aliyev, was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for political reasons, said at a press conference of the Public Committee to Protect the Rights of Nijat Aliyev, which was held on December 17 at the office of the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS.)
Aliyev and nine believers, accused of illegal possession of drugs and weapons, inciting religious hatred, calling to seize the power , distribution of banned religious literature verdict was read the Baku Serious Crimes Court on December 9. They were sentenced to various terms in prison from three months and two months to 10 years.
The accused are charged with distribution of video criticizing holding "Eurovision" in Baku, and possible gay parade. The investigation has seen in footage antigovernment appeals, inciting inter-religious hatred, etc.
Parvin Zeynalov, a member of the Public Committee to Protect the Rights of N.Aliyev, claimed the fraud in the lawsuit. According to him, Aliyev was arrested in May 2012 on charges of drug trafficking, but nine months later , he was charged on three inciting inciting religious hatred, calling for the seizure of power, and distribution of banned religious literature.
According to Zeynalov, charges with drug could not be proved, and therefore investigation has added three more charges.
Zeynalov also called unfounded charges of involvement of Aliyev in the "organized criminal group." According to him, Aliyev met other defendants only after his arrest during being kept in the jail.
Zeynalov said that the court delayed the issuance of a court sentence of the text , despite the eight days passed since the adoption of the decision by the court.
According to Zeynalov, Aliyev was arrested for his journalistic activities.
Head of the Committee to Protect the Rights of Islamists, Mirgasim Aliyev, also condemned the persecution of Islamists for political reasons.
According to him, the only fault of these people is their commitment to national and spiritual values.
"Why an MP Gular Ahmadova, undermining the foundations of statehood, had been sentenced for "selling a deputy's mandate" only to three years in prison, but innocent people have been sentenced to 10 years in prison," said M. Aliyev.
He demanded to stop the arrests of citizens on trumped up charges, and release all political prisoners.
Public defenders of Aliyev called on the media to keep the focus of the society on unjustly convicted believers.—05C06--