Azerbaijani court upholds motion filed by Lapshin’s lawyer

Azerbaijani court upholds motion filed by Lapshin’s lawyer
# 06 July 2017 13:26 (UTC +04:00)

The Baku Court of Grave Crimes continued the trial on Thursday in the case of blogger Alexander Lapshin, who is under prison in Azerbaijan.

Three internally displaced persons testified at the trial presided over by judge Alovsat Abbasov, APA reported.

Lapshin’s lawyer filed a motion asking the court to summon expert Almaz Bayramova, who investigated his client’s articles, and question her as a witness.

The court upheld the motion.

The trial will be continued on July 11.

Alexander Lapshin is a citizen of several countries and has had a criminal conspiracy with Armenians living in the occupied Azerbaijani territories. He also illegally visited these territories.

Lapshin is accused of violating Azerbaijani laws on state border in April 2011 and October 2012.

On 15 December 2016, he was detained in Belarus. On January 17, 2017, Alexei Stuk, deputy prosecutor general of Belarus, issued a ruling on Lapshin’s extradition to Azerbaijan. Lapshin was brought to Azerbaijan on February 7.

Lapshin faces charges under the Article 281.2 (Public appeals directed against the state) and 318.2 (Illegal crossing border of the Azerbaijan Republic) of the Criminal Code.