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Lawyer asks court to acquit Azerbaijan’s ex-health minister


An appeal was filed against the court verdict about Azerbaijan’s former health minister Ali Insanov.

 

Lawyer Toghrul Babayev told APA that the appeal was submitted to the court on Monday. In the appeal, the court was asked an acquittal for Ali Insanov.

 

On April 26, Azerbaijan’s Garadagh district court pronounced a verdict sentencing former minister of health Ali Insanov to seven years and five days in prison.  

 

The appeal was filed against that judgment.

 

A while ago, a new criminal case was initiated against the former minister. He faces charged under articles 234.1 (illegal purchase or storage without a purpose of selling of narcotics or psychotropic substances in a quantity (amount) exceeding necessary for personal consumption), 315.2 (application of violence, resistance with application of violence concerning the representative of authority in connection with performance of official duties by him or application of the violence not dangerous to life or health concerning his close relatives, as well as threat of application of such violence, application of the violence dangerous to life or health, concerning persons specified in this article) and 317-2.1 (threat on application of violence concerning employees of criminal - executive establishments or investigator isolators, and also concerning condemned with a purpose to prevent his correction or from revenge for execution of public duties by him).

 

Insanov detained in October, 2005 was convicted of a number of serious criminal offences, including embezzlement of public funds and arranging for unlawful privatization of State-owned property assets, and sentenced in April 2007 to 11 years’ imprisonment, with confiscation of property and a three-year ban on holding public office. His prison term is to expire in a few months.

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