Former Baku Metro chief’s relatives testify in trial of security ministry’s ex-employees - UPDATED

Former Baku Metro chief’s relatives testify in trial of security ministry’s ex-employees  - <span style="color: red;">UPDATED
# 26 December 2016 16:12 (UTC +04:00)

Baku's Sabunchu District Court on Monday continued the trial in the criminal case involving Major General Akif Chovdarov, former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, and other people arrested alongside him.

After the break, former chairman of Baku Metro CJSC Taghi Ahmadov’s nephew Shovgu Ahmadov and his relative Elshan Taghiyev testified. They confirmed their testimonies to the investigation. However, their testimonies were read out as there were contradictions with previous ones. Both of them told the court that they were taken to the then-existing Ministry of National Security. They said they know none of the accused persons and don’t know who had beaten them at the ministry. They said they were beaten and demanded to testify against Taghi Ahmadov. Shovgu Ahmadov said he did it under pressure. Elshan Taghiyev didn’t testify against Taghi Ahmadov. Both of them said they didn’t face any pressure during the in investigation, and confirmed their testimonies.

It was noted that Taghi Ahmadov, former chairman of Baku Metro CJSC, will testify in the next trial.

The trial will be resumed on Dec.28.

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Baku's Sabunchu District Court on Monday continued the trial in the criminal case involving Major General Akif Chovdarov, former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, and other people arrested alongside him.

Taghi Ahmadov, former chairman of Baku Metro CJSC, will reportedly testify as a victim in the trial.

The defendants’ lawyers raised an objection to it, asking to court for time to prepare for this episode. The lawyers said they had not brought the case materials on the episode.

Therefore, the court announced break till the second half of the day.

Chovdarov’s lawyer Sadig Rasulov told reporters that the defendant’s condition worsened in the trial and he received medical aid.

Akif Chovdarov faces charges under Articles 145.3 (illegal deprivation of freedom of a person, causing to the death of the victim or other serious consequences by negligence), 179.3.1, 179.3.2 (embezzlement or waste by an organized group on a large scale), 181.3.1, 181.3.2 (robbery committed by an organized group in order to seize the property on a large scale), 182.3.1, 182.3.2 (extortion, committed by an organized group in order to obtain property on a large scale), 228.4 (illegal purchase, selling or carrying of gas weapon, cold steel, including throwing weapon), 302.1, 302.2 (implementation operative - search actions by not authorized persons, as well as implementation of these actions by authorized persons, but without grounds provided by the legislation, entailed essential, and the same acts committed with use of special means, intended for secret dredging the information), 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4 (bribe-taking by a group of persons on preliminary arrangement, committed repeatedly on a large scale with the use of threats), 313 (service forgery), 341.2.1, 341.2.2, 241.2.3 (abusing authority, excess or inactivity of authority committed by a group of persons, committed with the use of weapons, resulted in grave consequences) of the Criminal Code. The former head of the first department of the ministry’s main directorate Salim Mammadov is charged under articles 145.3, 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.1, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 313, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3; the former head of the second department Akif Aliyev is charged under articles 145.3, 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 313, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3; the former deputy head of the first division of the third department Orkhan Osmanov is charged under 145.3, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3.

The court ordered seizure on property and cash worth of 33,466,000, trade and service sectors, greenhouses, aquaculture farms and other property complexes, land plots worth of 8,967,000 manats, private houses, apartments and vehicles worth of 24,445,000 manats, jewelry worth of 37,000 manats belonging to the accused persons –- Akif Chovdarov, Salim Mammadov, Akif Aliyev and Orkhan Osmanov to compensate damage caused to the aggrieved persons.

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