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Ilgar Mammadov sentenced to 7-year imprisonment and Tofig Yagublu to 5-year imprisonment - UPDATED

Baku. Shahriyar Alizadeh – APA. Shaki Court of Grave Crimes completed the court hearing on the criminal case of the persons arrested due to Ismayilli incidents.

Lawyer Nizami Abbasov told APA that under the judgment of court, 3 accused persons were sentenced to 8-year imprisonment.

8 people got suspended sentence. Ilgar Mammadov was sentenced to 7-year imprisonment, Tofig Yagublu and Elshan Gurbanov to 5-year imprisonment.


The joint statement issued by the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Interior Ministry said that the acts of hooliganism of administrator of “Chirag” hotel, drunken Emil Shamsaddinov and his relative Elmaddin Mammadov, who damaged private property, caused mass incident in Ismayilli region on January 23. As a result of this, a group of people gathered at the site burnt “Chirag” hotel and the various cars. According to their illegal actions, Emil Shamsaddinov and Elmaddin Mammadov were brought to account and sentenced to pretrial detention. 


The Investigation Department for Grave Crimes under the Prosecutor General’s Office has launched a criminal case on the fact, investigative group consisting of employees of prosecutor’s office and police officers has been established. 


Residents of the region Vasif Ibrahimov, Shukran Muhubaliyev, Shakir Mustafayev, Jeyhun Abbasov, Jafar Jafarov and ex-prisoner Elshan Gurbanov, who violated public order, intentionally damaged private property, used force against government representatives and actively participated in the incidents, at the same time Sakhavat Samadov and Khayal Sharanov, who robbed two TV sets, one sofa and arm-chair from the burnt “Chirag” hotel, were charged with relevant articles of Criminal Code and sentenced to pretrial detention.


52 more people, who roughly violated the public order, were detained. 23 of them were sentenced to administrative arrest, 12 punished administratively and 14 released after warning. The detained and arrested persons were explained their rights and duties and each of them were provided by human rights activist following their arrests.


Investigations also revealed that Deputy Chairman of Musavat Party Tofig Yagublu and co-chairman of REAL Movement Ilgar Mammadov went to Ismayilli on January 24 and urged the residents of the region to resist to the police, block the traffic in order to violate socio-political stability. Their illicit actions aiming to aggravate the situation in the country will be legally assessed by a thorough investigation.


Musavat Party deputy chairman Tofig Yagublu and chairman of “REAL” movement Ilgar Mammadov faced charges under articles 233 (organizing or actively participating in the actions causing violation of public order) and 315.2 (using force or resisting to the government representative) of the Criminal Code. They are accused of violating public order and instigating the citizens to conflicts during Ismayilli incidents on January 23 and 24.


The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan has issued a statement on the court hearing. The Embassy told APA that they are deeply disappointed about the judgment of the court.

“Before and during the trial we told government representatives that we're hoping for open and fair judicial process. Welcoming the permission given by the Azerbaijani government to the US and other international observers to follow the process, we state that we have detected serious violations in the testimonies of witnesses and court proceedings,” says the statement.

The embassy’s statement noted that the court's judgment is not based on evidences.

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