Parviz Hashimli rejects indictment
On Monday Baku Serious Crimes Court chaired by Novruz Karimov continued considering the case of journalist Parviz Hashimli accused of smuggling and illegal arms trade.
A second defendant in this case is Tavakkyul Gurbanov. After the announcement of the charges, the defendants began to testify.
According to Ilakha Hashimli, the wife of Parviz Hashimli, he stated his innocence and complained about the conditions in the jail of the Ministry of National Security (MNS.)
According to Hashimli, his testimonies "were written by investigator of the MNS." He also said he was tortured and threatened. So, he was placed in a ward with instruments of torture. He was also threatened to be raped if he did not sign what investigator had written.
Hashimli said that before September 2013 was not familiar with the other accused Gurbanov.
In September 2013 Gurbanov called Hashimli, and asked him to help retake the exam in the Economic University.
Hashimli suggested to refer to him in writing, and promised to help to make public this case.
Further, Gurbanov gave testimony, and claimed that he has known Hashimli since 2005. Gurbanov will continue giving testimonies at the next trial on March 13.
* Hashimli is an employee of the newspaper "Bizim Yol" and the head of the site moderator.az. He was arrested on September 17, 2013 on charges of smuggling and illegal arms trade. He said the charges were politically motivated. The journalist’s relatives said that he was made to publish revelatory articles against PFPA leader Ali Kerimli, but he refused, and now is being punished for it.—16D06--