Supreme Court upholds appeal by Leyla and Arif Yunus

Supreme Court upholds appeal by Leyla and Arif Yunus
# 27 December 2016 14:55 (UTC +04:00)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday considered an appeal filed by Leyla and Arif Yunus against the decision of the Baku Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court upheld the appeal and returned the case to the Baku Court of Appeal.

Leyla and Arif Yunus are charged under article 178.3.2 (swindle with causing damage in the large size) of the Criminal Code.

On 13 August, the Baku Court on Grave Crimes sentenced Leyla Yunus to 8 years and 6 months in prison and Arif Yunus to 7 years in prison. The verdict also included the seizure of their property and transferring of their funds in their bank accounts to state account. They filed an appeal against the verdict.

At the hearing held on November 12, 2015, the Court of Appeal changed the pretrial detention. Arif Yunus was then released on recognizance not to leave.

On December 9, 2015, Baku Court of Appeal passed a decision, declaring 8.5-year imprisonment Leyla Yunus is sentenced to conditional, with five years of probation. Her pretrial detention was annulled and she was released in the courtroom.

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