Baku court announces verdict against former security officials

The Baku Military Court on Thursday concluded the trial in the case involving head of the Anti-Terrorism Center of the liquidated Ministry of National Security (MNS) of Azerbaijan, Major-General Elchin Guliyev and another former MNS official Azer Mehdiyev.


Elchin Guliyev was taken to the court building under special supervision, and the courtroom was inspected, APA reports.


The trial was presided over by Judge Elbayi Allahverdiyev. 


A verdict was read out at the trial. According to the verdict, Elchin Guliyev was sentenced to 10.5 years and Azer Mehdiyev to 8 years in prison.


The court denied the civil claim filed by the defendants. It was decided to appeal to the country’s president for the defendants to be stripped of their ranks.


Earlier, a public prosecutor sought 15 and 13 years in prison for Elchin Guliyev and Azer Mehdiyev respectively.


The prosecutor also demanded that the defendants be stripped of their ranks and their property be seized in favor of the victims.  


Major General Elchin Guliyev is former head of the Anti-Terrorist Center of the liquidated MNS. Following the scandals surrounding the MNS, Elchin Guliyev was dismissed and appointed department head at the MNS Academy named after Heydar Aliyev. He was then arrested.


Elchin Guliyev and the others face the charges under the Articles 145.3 (illegal imprisonment on negligence ended with death of the victim or other serious consequences, 181.3.1 (burglary by organized group), 181.3.2 (burglary with a view to occupy large size of property), 182.3.1 (extortion by organized group), 182.3.2 (extortion with a purpose of occupying large size of property), 302.2 (Infringement of the legislation on operative - search activity committed with use of special means, intended for secret dredging the information), 308.2 (abusing official powers) 309.2 (excess of official powers committed with application of violence or with threat of its application, or with application of weapon or other special means, or entailed heavy consequences),  311.3.1 (reception of a bribe on preliminary arrangement by group of persons or organized group), 311.3.2 (repeated reception of a bribe), 311.3.3 (reception of a bribe in the large amount) of the Criminal Code.


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