Lawyers demand acquittal of Nida members

Baku: Shahriyar Alizadeh; Baku Court of Grave Crimes continued the hearing on the criminal cases of the members of NIDA Civic Movement.

Lawyers of some of the accused persons made defense speeches at the hearing presided over by judge Javid Huseynov. They demanded the court to acquit Nida members.

The hearing will be continued tomorrow.

As a result of the National Security Ministry and Prosecutor General’s Office, the house of student of the vocational school Guliyev Bakhtiyar Samandar was searched. 19 petrol bombs, 255,40g hashish and 15,48g dried marihuana were found there. The house of student of Odlar Yurdu University Novruzlu Shahin Ibrahim was also searched. 3 petrol bombs, AZN 94 000, 252,27 g hashish were found in his house. The house of student of Baku State University Azizov Mammad Rasim was also searched. 174,54 g dried marihuana, 28 leaflets “Urgent democracy is needed Tel:+994 address: Azerbaijan” were seized.

Criminal case has been launched on articles 234.1 (illegally obtaining, keeping or selling drugs) and 228.1 (illegally obtaining, keeping, carrying weapons, explosives) of the Criminal Code and Mammad Azizov, Bakhtiyar Guliyev, Shahin Novruzlu, Rashadat Akhundov, Uzeyir Mammadli, Rashad Hasanov and Zaur Gurbanli and member of Free Youth Organization Ilkin Rustamzadeh were arrested.

During the investigation, they faced extra charge under Criminal Code’s article 220.1 (the organization of a mass disorders accompanied with violence, breaking, arsons, destruction of property, application of fire-arms, explosives, and also rendering of armed resistance to representative of authority, or participation in such disorders).

Prosecutor demanded to sentence Zaur Gurbanli, Ilkin Rustamzadeh and Rashadat Akhundov to 8 years 6 months in prison, Rashad Hasanov, Bakhtiyar Guliyev and Mammad Azizov to 8 years, Uzeyir Mammadli to 7 years 6 months and Shahin Novruzlu to 6 years 6 months.