Protests in the city of Ganja

Baku/25.10.19/Turan: The parents of the convicts in the Ganja case made a rally today in front of the city’s executive power.

Parents protested against the illegal arrest of their children, who did not commit unlawful acts, and were tortured because of this.

None of the local leadership went to the protesters. “We were told that the head of the city was on a business trip. Besides him, this building is full of officials, but no one came out to listen to us. How much can you endure such an injustice, why are our children innocently tormented in prisons? ” said one of the protesters.

Parents intend to protest further until their sons are released.

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

After that, the residents of the city held a protest rally on July 10, demanding Veliyev’s dismissal. On the same day, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported on the riots in Ganja, during which two police officers were killed. Then, mass arrests began among city residents.

On July 31, 2019, Attorney General Zakir Garalov said that 29 members of an organized criminal group were prosecuted for the attempt on 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. Subsequently, the court of appeal released six defendants in the case. Four others were released by the trial court -06C-


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