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Trial resumed for Azerbaijani security ministry’s ex-employees - UPDATED-1


Baku’s Sabunchu district court on Wednesday resumed the trial in the criminal case involving Major General Akif Chovdarov, former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security (MNS) of Azerbaijan, and other people arrested alongside him.

 

Former police officer Neman Karimov, who is recognized as a victim in the criminal case, testified at the trial presided over by Baku Military Court chairman Habib Hasanov.

 

As Karimov said in his testimony during preliminary investigation that he was not beaten, he claimed otherwise at today’s trial. “During the investigation, I said I hadn’t beaten in the car. However, I was beaten in the ministry,” Karimov said.

 

Karimov also said that his uncle met with Chovdarov and gave him money.

 

Commenting on Karimov’s testimony, Chovdarov said he was acquainted with his uncle. He said they met in connection with a problem but they didn’t talk about money.

 

Later, Karimov’s cousin Elvin Movsumov, who was also arrested, gave testimony, confirming the testimony he had given during the investigation.

 

The trial will be continued on January 23.

 

 

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Baku's Sabunchu district court on Wednesday continued the trial in the criminal case involving Major General Akif Chovdarov, former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security (MNS) of Azerbaijan, and other people arrested alongside him.

 

Former police officer Neman Karimov testified at the hearing presided over by Baku Military Court chairman Habib Hasanov. He said he saw Akif Chovdaov. The lawyers asked the court to announce his testimony given during investigation. They said Karimov testified in his testimony during investigation that he hadn’t seen Akif Chovdarov.

 

 

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12:59

 

 

Baku's Sabunchu district court on Wednesday continued the trial in the criminal case involving Major General Akif Chovdarov, former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security (MNS) of Azerbaijan, and other people arrested alongside him.

 

Journalists were not allowed to take part in the trial presided over Baku Military Court chairman Habib Hasanov.

 

Chovdarov’s lawyer Kamandar Nasibov told reporters that a petition was filed at the previous hearing for the participation of media representatives in the trial. However, journalists were not allowed to attend the trial. 

 

Judge Habib Hasanov told the lawyers that he did not prohibit the participation of media representatives in the trial. However, police officers told journalists that the judge instructed not to allow them to courtroom.

 

Akif Chovdarov expressed his objection against the issue, noting that a journalist engaged in disseminating biased reports about the trial is allowed to the courtroom. Chovdarov told the judges that he knew who that person was. However, that person said he attended the hearing as an aggrieved person. The hearing is going on.

 

Akif Chovdarov faces charges under Articles 145.3 (illegal deprivation of freedom of a person, causing to the death of the victim or other serious consequences by negligence), 179.3.1, 179.3.2 (embezzlement or waste by an organized group on a large scale), 181.3.1, 181.3.2 (robbery committed by an organized group in order to seize the property on a large scale), 182.3.1, 182.3.2 (extortion, committed by an organized group in order to obtain property on a large scale), 228.4 (illegal purchase, selling or carrying of gas weapon, cold steel, including throwing weapon), 302.1, 302.2 (implementation operative - search actions by not authorized persons, as well as implementation of these actions by authorized persons, but without grounds provided by the legislation, entailed essential, and the same acts committed with use of special means, intended for secret dredging the information), 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4 (bribe-taking by a group of persons on preliminary arrangement, committed repeatedly on a large scale with the use of threats), 313 (service forgery), 341.2.1, 341.2.2, 241.2.3 (abusing authority, excess or inactivity of authority committed by a group of persons, committed with the use of weapons, resulted in grave consequences) of the Criminal Code. The former head of the first department of the ministry’s main directorate Salim Mammadov is charged under articles 145.3, 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.1, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 313, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3; the former head of the second department Akif Aliyev is charged under articles 145.3, 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 313, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3; the former deputy head of the first division of the third department Orkhan Osmanov is charged under 145.3, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3.

 

The court ordered seizure on property and cash worth of 33,466,000, trade and service sectors, greenhouses, aquaculture farms and other property complexes, land plots worth of 8,967,000 manats, private houses, apartments and vehicles worth of 24,445,000 manats, jewelry worth of 37,000 manats belonging to the accused persons –- Akif Chovdarov, Salim Mammadov, Akif Aliyev and Orkhan Osmanov to compensate damage caused to the aggrieved persons.

 

 

 

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