Ganja Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike

Baku / 23.12.19 / Turan: Seven convicts in the "Ganja case" went on hunger strike in Prison No. 2.

According to their relatives, Ali Rzayev, Togrul Verdiev, Zabil Mammadov, Elvin Nazarov, Elman Guliyev, Orkhan Yagnaliev and Kamal Guliyev participate in the action. They protest against their conviction for long terms of imprisonment, despite the absence of guilt.

Parents of the convicts also believe that justice is not allowed against their children and the young people are innocently condemned to long-term imprisonment.

The head of the public relations department of the Prison Service, Mehman Sadigov, told Turan that the information about the hunger strike is not confirmed.

“At present, not a single prisoner is starving in the penitentiary institution,” Sadigov said.

* O July 3, 2018 in Ganja an attempt was made on the then head of the city Elmar Veliyev. A Ganja native Yunis Safarov wounded him and the bodyguard of the head of the city.

After that, a protest rally in front of the Ganja administration building against Veliyev was scheduled for July 10 on social networks. On the same day, the MIA reported riots in Ganja, during which two police officers were killed. Following this, mass arrests were carried out among believers and others.

At a meeting in this department, Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov announced on July 31, 2019 that 29 members of an organized criminal group were brought to justice in connection with the attempt on E. Veliyev, and another 11 people were put on the international wanted list.

On the events of July 10, the investigation was completed and 8 criminal cases against 60 people were sent to the courts. The defendants were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment. -06C-


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