At the hearing presided over by judge Vugar Mammadov, Leyla Yunus’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov said the testimonies of witnesses were distorted in criminal proceedings. Then the judges passed a judgment. Then the materials of the criminal case were returned to the Baku Court of Grave Crimes for investigation. The trial was postponed. The judges said that the process will be continued after the investigation of the case by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.
Note that, a criminal case was launched against Leyla Yunus under articles #274 (treason), 178.3.2 (fraud with causing damage in the large size), 192.2.2 (illegal business with extraction of income in the large size), 213.2.2 (tax evasion with causing damage in large amount), 320.1 (Fake of certificate or other official document giving the rights or releasing from duties, with a view of its use or selling of such document, as well as manufacturing in same purposes or selling of counterfeit state awards of the Azerbaijan Republic, stamps, seals, forms) and 320.2 (use of obviously counterfeit documents provided in article 320.1) of the Criminal Code. Arif Yunus was arrested on 5 August 2014 over charges under articles #178.3.2 (fraud with causing damage in the large size) and 274 (treason) of the Criminal Code. The criminal case on Leyla and Arif Yunus under article #274 (treason) has been sent to a separate trial.
On August 13, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes sentenced Leyla Yunus to 8 years and 6 months in prison and her husband, Arif Yunus, to 7 years in prison. The verdict also included the seizure of their property and transferring of the funds in their bank accounts into the state account.