Samir Ashurov

Samir Ashurov

Baku/21.04.22/Turan: On Thursday, the Nizami Court of Baku arrested oppositionist Samir Ashurov for 4 months, during the investigation. -0-

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2022 April 21 (Thursday) 13:58:45

Samir Ashurov went on a hunger strike

Baku/21.04.22/Turan: Activist Samir Ashurov, detained on April 19, denies the criminal charge against him. Today, his  lawyer Elchin Sadigov  visited Ashurov at the Nizami district police department in Baku.

The activist told the lawyer that on April 19 he received a passport and planned to go abroad, but on the same day a provocation was committed against him. So, on the evening of April 19, when Ashurov was returning home near the Neftchilar metro station, he was attacked by an unknown person. (As it turned out later, it was Elshan Nabiev, who was later recognized as a victim).

The attacker knocked Ashurov down, but he managed to escape and call for help. Police officers immediately appeared, who detained him and put a knife in his right jacket pocket. Ashurov threw away the knife, but the police again put the knife in his pocket and brought it to the 24th police station. There Ashurov was beaten, and later he was beaten again in the Nizami department. The lawyer saw signs of beatings and bruises on the left temple and chest of the activist.

Ashurov was charged under  the Article 126.2.4 of the Criminal Code (Intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm from hooligan motives), which provides for punishment by imprisonment from 6 to 11 years.

Ashurov denies the accusation and went on a hunger strike demanding an end to his persecution, the lawyer said. Today Ashurov must appear before the court to choose a measure of restraint in the form of arrest.

Ashurov was expelled from Germany on March 29 and upon arrival announced threats of his arrest.—03B06-

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