Hearing on Rauf Mirgadirov’s case to be held behind closed doors

Baku: Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Wednesday resumed the hearing on the case of imprisoned journalist Rauf Mirgadirov.

The profile details of the accused person have been identified at the hearing presided over by judge Alisultan Osmanov.

Then Mirgadirov’s lawyers filed petitions for his lawyers’ sitting by him, commuting the pre-trial detention he was sentenced to, terminating the criminal case, withdrawing the evidences from the criminal case, and inviting David Shahnazaryan and Laura Bagdasaryan to the court as witnesses.

Public prosecutor Mubariz Miriyev asked the court to reject the petitions.

The public prosecutor also filed a petition for holding the hearing behind closed doors. The court rejected the petitions of the defendant’s lawyers.

However, the court upheld the petition for holding the hearing behind closed doors.

The hearing was scheduled for November 18.

Note that, Mirgadirov was detained last year on April 19 in Turkey and handed over to Azerbaijan, where he was charged with treason (Article 274). He was sentenced to three months’ pretrial detention. The term of his pretrial detention has been extended for several times since.

President Ilham Aliyev attends opening of newly-reconstructed highway in Shaki

Baku: President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of the newly-reconstructed Shaki-Gakh section of the Shaki-Gakh-Zagatala highway.

The head of state was informed about the work carried out as part of a project to reconstruct the Shaki-Gakh-Zagatala highway.

The length of the road is 35 km, of which 26 km pass through Shaki district and 9 km pass through Gakh district. This highway will help to improve transport links between the cities of Shaki and Gakh, shortening the 77-kilometer distance by 42 kilometers. The highway links 22 residential areas with the total population of 39,000 people. The project, which started in 2011, was carried out in two stages. The 35km-long Shaki-Gakh section was reconstructed under the first stage of the project, while the second stage saw the repair of the 28km-long Gakh-Zagatala stretch. The third technical degree highway, which is 12 meters in width, has two lanes.

Twenty bridges were built over the road. There are 12 bus stations along it.

The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the highway.

President Ilham Aliyev posed for photographs together with constructers.

SOURCE: AZERI-PRESS NEWS AGENCY

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