Hearing in Khadija Ismayilova’s case proceeds in Baku

Hearing in Khadija Ismayilova’s case proceeds in Baku
# 20 August 2015 11:13 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Etibar Mammadov – APA. Baku Court of Grave Crimes continued the hearing on in case of journalist Khadija Ismayilova on Aug. 19.

At the hearing presided over by judge Ramella Allahverdiyeva, tax inspector of Baku City Taxes Department, Imran Nurmammadov gave a testimony.

He said that Ismayilova signed no documents, but is responsible for irregularities in the radio as a bureau head.

Other tax inspector of Baku City Taxes Department, Elchin Aliyev said that Ismayilova acted as a foreign journalist not accredited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so violated the laws.

Aliyev said it was revealed that editorial board of “Fergli Dusunce” magazine also operated in the office of the radio. He said that Ismayilova refuted it.

Ismayilova’s lawyer Fariz Namazli filed petitions for the court to exclude interim statement from the list of evidences of expert opinion.

The court rejected the petition, announcing that it would be considered later.

Then the court passed a decision on completion of the investigation.

The public prosecutor asked for time till tomorrow in order to address the court.

The hearing will continue tomorrow.

The Prosecutor General’s Office issued a statement on the arrest of Khadija Ismayilova that the Sabail District Prosecutor’s Office has launched a criminal case under the Criminal Code’s article #125 (bringing to suicide) regarding Tural Mustafayev, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Meydan TV Television and Radio Company, for making a suicide attempt by swallowing zinc oxide in Seaside Park on October 20.

T. Mustafayev appealed to the General Prosecutor’s Office to ask for measures against Khadija Ismayilova, with whom he had close relationship for a long time, for bringing him to suicide by prosecuting and exerting pressure on him, insulting his honor and dignity throughout the period he worked there.

The investigation also revealed that Mustafayev attempted to commit suicide on 1 May 2014 by hanging himself with buttonhole made by bed-sheet in the apartment which he rented as Khadija was threatening him. But due to a reason independent on him, he couldn’t fulfill his intention.

On December 5, the Sabail District Court sentenced Khadija Ismayilova to two-month pre-trial detention. The term was extended for several times.

Then, an investigative authority has brought new charges against Khadija Ismayilova under the Criminal Code’s articles 179.3.2 (assignment or waste in large size), 192.2.2 (illegal business), 213.1 (tax evasion) and 308.2 (abuse of official powers).