Picketing to support Azerbaijan human rights defender Gillal Mammedov

On February 13, 2013 at 3 pm by the Embassy of Azerbaijan picketing to support Azerbaijan human rights defender Gillal Mammedov will be held. To support the human rights defender his colleagues and companions-in-arm will come.

Picketing to support Azerbaijan human rights defender Gillal Mammedov

On January 29, 2013 Baku court on grave crime started to consider the human rights defender’s case in private. Mamedov’s request to hold an open court session was declined by the judge Azer Orudzhov.

Following lawyers’ protest, for the second session on January 30, 2013 human rights defenders and relatives were allowed to the courtroom. Gillal Mammedov stated that he refused to take part in the proceedings and requested lawyers not to provide him with defending services any more. The judge, in his turn, said to lawyers that they were not to satisfy their client’s request threatening them with sanctions.

To limit lawyers’ credentials became a compromising decision. Nevertheless the court session looked rather unusual: Mammedov with a cap covering his eyes was standing facing a wall, his lawyers keeping silence. They intended to achieve a real open court session. The next session on the case will take place on February 13, 2013.

We would like to remind you that on June 21, 2012 in Baku Azerbaijan law-enforcement services detained Gillal Mammedov, editor-in-chief of “Tolishi Sado” Newspaper, candidate of physical and mathematical sciences, well-known human rights defender, and head of the committee on protection and rehabilitation of political prisoners.

On his way home Gillal Mammedov was detained by several people in civilian clothes who openly put a small package into his pocket and forced him into the car. Gillal Mamedov was taken to the main department on drugs and drug business control and then – to Baku police station #37. In the evening of the same day his flat was searched and, according to law-enforcement services, a large amount of drug was found in his flat.
Gillal Mammedov’s lawyer Anar Gasymly could meet his client only on June 27. After meeting Gillal the lawyer said that the former had been severely beaten up, his ribs were broken and he had other injuries.

The human rights activist is accused of “illegal production, storage, transportation, transfer and sale of drugs or psychotropic substances in large volumes” (Art. 234.4.3 of PC of Azerbaijan), “high treason” (Art. 274), and also of “incitement of national, racial or religious hatred by a person with the use of official capacity” (Art. 283.2.2).
He is threatened with up to 15 years of imprisonment. 
Civic Assistance Committee believes in Gillal Mamedov’s innocence and falsification of all charges brought against him.

Civic Assistance Committee’s contacts:

Tel./fax:   8(495)681-18-23
Tel./fax:   8(495)681-15-32

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