Akif Chovdarov decided to die with honor
, The former head of the liquidated National Security Ministry, General Akif Chovdarov arrested for serious crimes began an indefinite hunger strike on Tuesday. According to his lawyer, Kyamandar Nasibov, the reason for the action is the refusal of medical treatment.
According to the lawyer, in 2006, Chovdarovu was operated on his heart in Germany. In 2011 he was operated there in connection with cancer. Then part of the stomach and lymph nodes were cut out.
After his arrest in November 2015, a lawsuit was filed against him under several articles, including serious articles such as kidnapping, extortion, abuse of office, illegal deprivation of liberty, the establishment of a criminal association, and so on. At 9 am on October 25 Chovdarov began an indefinite hunger strike in the jail in Kurdakhani. This happened after on 22 October the cardiologist gave a conclusion that he was healthy, the lawyer said.
On 22 October he had a lot of pain in the heart, no doctors were sent for, and he was not given pain medicine. "Therefore, he started a hunger strike, stating that if he is not treated he would die, so it is better to start a hunger strike, and die with honor," quoted Chovdarov his lawyer. Concerning the criminal case of Chovdarov, the lawyer noted that it consists of 56 volumes, and there are 26 episodes.
There are 60 victims in the case, and two others are the heirs of the injured.
In addition, in the case there is a civil claim by the current leadership of the State Security Service, which demands from Chovdarov approximately three million manat. According to the lawsuit, they are the money of informers of the Ministry of National Security, which Chovdarov misappropriated.
Chovdarov’s lawyer believes the claim is unfounded and illegal. "If Chovdarov reveals in which countries and how those funds were spent, there will be a violation of a state secret, and Azerbaijan's security interests will be harmed," said the lawyer.
Akif Chovdarov is just one of more than 20 senior officers of the Ministry of National Security arrested for serious crimes. -03B-