A trial in the case of Elgiz Qahramanov
Baku Serious Crimes Court held a preparatory meeting in the case of activist of NIDA Elgiz Gahramanov. He was remanded in custody on charges of drug trafficking (3,315 grams of heroin). This happened after the activist sharply criticized on Facebook a referendum on amendments to Azerbaijani Constitution, which the opposition regarded as anti-democratic and leading the country to the monarchy. Therefore, close activist believe his arrest was politically motivated, and the drugs were planted by the police, which often uses this method to detain opponents of the ruling regime. At the trial the lawyer Fariz Namazly asked the court to release the activist under house for the period of the trial. An activist intends to seek an acquittal, and it makes no sense to hide from the investigation, the lawyer said.
He also requested to release a young man from a glass cage and allow it to sit in the court next to the lawyers. He also requested to withdraw from the case the materials on inspection of Gahraman. "According to the decision of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan the status of the detainee has not yet been determined, he may be subjected to inspection. However, from the inspection protocol of Gahraman it is clear that at that time he was not even a suspect. Therefore, the protocol should be removed from the case, " said the lawyer. The lawyer said that Gahraman confessed under torture. "My arrest was illegal, biased and carried out under the order," said the young man. Judicial composition chaired by Azad Mejidov not satisfied neither the petition, and scheduled a hearing on the merits on 21 December.-06D--