Court to consider appeal by Leyla and Arif Yunus on Nov.12

Baku: The Baku Court of Appeal on Thursday resumed the preliminary hearing on the appeal against the verdict concerning Leyla Yunus, the imprisoned director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), and his husband Arif Yunus.

The court rejected the lawyers’ motion to commute the imprisonment of Leyla and Arif Yunus to home arrest. The hearing was presided over by judge Vugar Mammadov.

The hearing will be continued on Nov.12.

Note that, Leyla Yunus is charged under articles #274 (treason), 178.3.2 (fraud with causing damage in the large size), 192.2.2 (illegal business with extraction of income in the large size), 213.2.2 (tax evasion with causing damage in large amount), 320.1 (Fake of certificate or other official document giving the rights or releasing from duties, with a view of its use or selling of such document, as well as manufacturing in same purposes or selling of counterfeit state awards of the Azerbaijan Republic, stamps, seals, forms) and 320.2 (use of obviously counterfeit documents provided in article 320.1) of the Criminal Code.

Both convicts’ cases of treason (Article #274) will be considered separately. The current criminal case submitted to court is associated with swindle and other cases.

On 13 August, the Baku Court on Grave Crimes sentenced Leyla Yunus 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.


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