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Preliminary hearing held in case of Azerbaijani security ministry’s ex-official - UPDATED


Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. Baku's Sabunchu District Court on Tuesday held a preliminary hearing in the criminal case of the imprisoned ex-head of the main energy and transport security department under the liquidated Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, Major General Akif Chovdarov and other imprisoned ex-employees of the ministry.  

 

The closed-door hearing was presided over by Chairman of Baku Military Court Habib Hasanov.

 

Lawyer Javid Rzazade told reporters that several petitions were filed at the hearing. Akif Chovdarov’s lawyer Kamadar Nasibov asked the court for time to get familiarized with the case materials. His appeal was partially sustained. Chovdarov said he couldn’t get familiarized with the case materials as he was ill.

 

Lawyers stated that as the criminal case is being considered by the Baku Military Court, a measure of restraint in the form arrest against Chovdarov should have been chosen by this court. But this judgment was passed by the Sabail district court. They asked the court to clarify the matter and annul this judgment. The court didn’t comment on the appeal.

 

Lawyer said the State Security Service also filed a civil suit. Their representative will take part in the next hearing. 

 

The hearing will be continued on Oct. 19.

 

 

 

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Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. Baku's Sabunchu District Court on Tuesday commenced a closed-door preliminary hearing in the criminal case of the imprisoned ex-head of the main energy and transport security department under the liquidated Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, Major General Akif Chovdarov and other imprisoned ex-employees of the ministry.  

 

The closed-door hearing was presided over by Chairman of Baku Military Court Habib Hasanov. Lawyer Javid Rzazade told reporters that several petitions were filed at the hearing. Akif Chovdarov’s lawyer Kamadar Nasibov asked court for time to get familiarized with the case. His appeal was partially sustained. Chovdarov said he couldn’t get familiarized with the case as he is ill.

 

Lawyers stated that as the criminal case is being considered by Baku Military Court, Chovdarov should have been sentenced to pre-trial detention by this court. But this judgment was passed by Sabayil district court. They asked the court to cancel this judgment. The court didn’t comment on appeal.

 

Lawyer said the State Security Service also started a civil action. Their representative will take part in the next hearing. 

 

The hearing will be resumed on Oct.19.

 

 

 

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Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. Baku's Sabunchu District Court on Tuesday commenced a closed-door preliminary hearing in the criminal case of the imprisoned ex-head of the main energy and transport security department under the liquidated Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, Major General Akif Chovdarov and other imprisoned ex-employees of the ministry.

 

The accused, Akif Chovdarov, faces charges 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 other accused –- Salim Mammadov, Akif Aliyev and Orkhan Osmanov are charged under the relevant articles of the Criminal Code.

 

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 Orhan Osmanov to compensate damage caused to the aggrieved persons.

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