Appeal against the verdict of Elchin Ismayilli

Baku / 05.10.17 / Turan: today a lawyer Elchin Sadigov filed an appeal against the verdict to the journalist Elchin Ismayilli, who was sentenced to 9 years in prison on charges of taking bribes. The lawyer wrote on his facebook page. The defense asks to consider an appeal with a partial re-trial, the cancellation of the first-instance verdict and acquittal opf Elchin Ismayilli.

According to Sadigov, in the case of Ismayilli have been violated the Article 5 (the right to liberty and personal inviolability), 6 (the right to fair trial), 8 (respect for personal and family life), 10 (freedom of expression) and 18 (Limits on the use of restrictions on rights) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

On September 18, the Sheki Heavy Crimes Court sentenced Ismayilli to nine years in prison, finding him guilty under the Article 182 (extortion by threats), 308 (abuse of power) and 311. (taking bribes) of the Criminal Code.

The defense considers the verdict unreasonable, since the accusation was not proved in court.

Ismayilli was arrested on February 17. According to the investigation, he allegedly extorted money from district officials, threatening to publish compromising materials. Ismayilli collaborated with various independent media and covered economic and social problems in the Ismayilli region.-03B06--

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