Gular Ahmadova’s trial held

Gular Ahmadova’s trial held
# 11 April 2014 15:48 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Shahriyar Alizadeh – APA. Baku Court of Appeal has today held a hearing on the case of former MP Gular Ahmadova.

APA reports that judge Aflatun Gasimov presided over the hearing. Along with Afsar Talibov, Gular Ahmadova’s two more lawyers Fazil Nematov and Latif Aghayev were introduced.

Thereafter, the lawyers raised petitions. All petitions were rejected.

Then Gular Ahmadova made speech: “If I knew that there will be such law violations, I would have never taken a democratic step, refused my parliamentary mandate. Elshad Abdullayev, his lawyer had to be present here. If there is not any injured, his/her civil claims were rejected, I want, a year later, everyone to understand that I’m innocent. Let my one-year imprisonment be as a sacrifice for my homeland Azerbaijan. Different reports about me have been released by press. I want audio and video records of the hearing”.

The next hearing will be held on April 16.

Gular Ahmadova repudiated from her mandate as MP due to the scandal video released by former rector of Azerbaijan International University Elshad Abdullayev in September last year. Gular Ahmadova was sentenced to pretrial detention on February 13.

Baku Court of Grave Crimes sentenced Gular Ahmadova to 3-year imprisonment. The facts that it is her first crime, she has minor child, her social activities, election as an MP for three terms, suffering from various illnesses were taken into account as mitigating circumstances. Her lawyer Afsar Talibov appealed against this judgment.

Lawyer Afsar Talibov also raised several petitions. But these petitions were not sustained. In this regard, an appeal filed to the Supreme Court against the decision passed at the preliminary hearing. The Supreme Court abolished this decision and partially sustained the appeal. Under the decision, Baku Court of Appeal will hold the hearing basing on the results of investigation, additional witnesses and experts will be questioned. The Supreme Court has appointed judge Aflatun Gasimov to preside over the hearing.

Ahmadova faced charges under article 178.3.2 (acquisition of another property by abusing of trust) and 307.2(not informing about known preparing or committed minor serious or serious crimes) of the Criminal Code.

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